EWMA 2020: Medical Device-Related Pressure Damage


This session will present an overview of the work of the Medical Device and Vulnerable Skin Network (MDVSN) and the Skin Tissue Integrity Under Shear European Training Network (STINTS ETN). 

It will include improving the design of medical devices, from facemasks to penile clamps, and intelligent sensing to promote self-management. 

The session aims to raise awareness of future research focused on the interaction of skin with support surfaces and medical devices to prevent skin damage resulting from sustained mechanical loading (ranging from skin irritation to pressure ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers).


Bioengineering approaches to determine risk of soft tissue damage from face masks

Dan Bader, PhD, DSc, Prof., United Kingdom

Professor of Bioengineering and Tissue Health, Editor of Journal of Tissue Viability, University of Southampton

Preventing device related pressure ulcers through intelligent design

Peter Worsley, BSc, MCSP, PhD, Dr., United Kingdom

University of Southampton