University Centre forNursing and Midwifery


A silicone adhesive multilayer foam dressing as adjuvant prophylactic therapy for pressure ulcer prevention: a multicentre randomised open label parallel group medical device trial (n=1662)

project duration: 31/01/2018 - 01/06/2019


The objective of this KCE publicly funded practice-oriented clinical trial is to determine if silicone adhesive multilayer foam dressings applied to the sacrum, heels and greater trochanter in addition to hospital standard prevention protocol, reduce pressure ulcer incidence compared to standard pressure ulcer prevention alone. Patients at risk for pressure ulcer development (n=1662) will be included at 8 hospitals in Belgium. The trial is coordinated by the contract research organiation (CRO) DICE. Click HERE for more information about this trial. Click HERE to read the entry of this study at


Prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman
Prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman

Prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman holds a BSc. in Nursing, an MSc. in Nursing and Midwifery, an MSc. in Education, and a PhD from Ghent University in Belgium. His doctoral thesis focused on pressure ulcer prevention and management of Incontinence- Associated Dermatitis (IAD). In 2010, he became a lecturer at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College London in the UK. Currently, he works as a Professor of Skin Integrity and Clinical Nursing at the University Centre of Nursing and Midwifery at Ghent University in Belgium. He is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey (Guilford, UK) and at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Dublin, Ireland). Prof. Beeckman is Executive Board Member of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and serves as Chair of the Scientific Committee since 2013. He also co- chairs the EPUAP Education Workstream. In 2016, he was a member of the International Scientific Committee of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies Conference. In March 2017, he chaired the 1st European Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management Masterclass in Ghent. He is specialized in skin integrity research, clinical trials, healthcare education, implementation science and instrument development and validation. In 2013-2014, he authored the Belgian guidelines for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment (supported by the Belgian Healthcare Knowledge Centre, KCE). In 2015, he authored the International Best Practice Document about prevention and management of Incontinence- Associated Dermatitis, published by Wounds International. He acts as policy advisor of the Belgian Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety, and Environment. He authored and co- authored over 80 scientific publications in international peer- reviewed journals. He presented his research in > 50 countries all over the world. He is Consulting Editor of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, the Journal of Tissue Viability, as well as Associate Editor of BMC Geriatrics. Prof. Beeckman holds different Fellowships such as Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the European Academy of Nursing Science.

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Bénédicte Manderlier
Bénédicte Manderlier

Bénédicte Manderlier is a researcher at the University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery at Ghent University in Belgium. She holds a BSc. in Nursing and a MSc. in Nursing and Midwifery. Her research focuses on the prevention of pressure ulcers. Bénédicte has work experience as a nurse on a geriatric ward and a pediatric intensive care.