University Centre forNursing and Midwifery


Management of the critically ill patient in the prone position to preserve skin integrity and reduce pressure ulcers: A gap-analysis (PRONEtect study)

project duration: 01/07/2020 - 31/12/2020

This study will be a comprehensive review and gap analysis regarding current protocols, guidelines, devices, equipment, and other media serving as guidance to clinicians to manage patients in the prone position to preserve skin integrity and reduce pressure ulcers.

SKINT created an International consortium and selected Key Opinion Leaders to participate as a member on our Expert Advisory Panel:

Kathleen Vollman – USA

Joyce Black – USA

Kim LeBlanc – Canada

Amit Gefen – Israel

Heidi Hevia – Chili

Maarit Ahtiala – Finland

Fiona Coyer – Australia

Yolanda Walsh – South Africa

Steven Smet – Belgium


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.

staff members

Anika Fourie
Anika Fourie

Anika Fourie (M.Sc, RN) is a PhD student at Ghent University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery. She is a qualified Wound Care Specialist (IIWCC, 2012) and obtained her Master's degree in Skin Integrity & Wound Management in 2018 at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Her doctoral research focuses on skin damage prevention of the patient during prone ventilation.