Professor Amit Gefen
Professor Amit Gefen will be hosting the webinars for Direct Healthcare Group.

A new webinar discussing pressure ulcers in critical care patients has been developed as an educational tool for intensive care unit workers.

The live Ethos webinar has been set up by the Direct Healthcare Group (DHG), a leading provider of intelligent pressure care management, specialist seating solutions and rental equipment for the care of bariatric patients.

In the webinar, Professor Amit Gefen, a former president of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), explores the role of tissue deformation within the critically ill patient population and how technologies can be applied to minimise deformation that may help to significantly reduce pressure ulcer incidence within this clinical setting.

According to Professor Gefen, latest research demonstrates that cell and tissue deformation is a principle cause of pressure ulcers within the very early minutes of development.

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Critical and intensive care patients are at an increased risk of pressure ulcer formation, he says, particularly due to immobility and multiple organ failure, resulting in higher pressure ulcer incidence rates and prevalence than any other care setting.

In a report by the Direct Healthcare Group, data from a large-scale study of 13,254 patients across 1,117 Intensive Care Units revealed that 59.2 per cent of pressure ulcers were ICU-acquired.

With the cost to treat a single pressure ulcer as much as £16,000, further understanding into optimal prevention of this important and costly patient safety threat is imperative.

The hour-long webinars take place on 27th January, 24th February and 24th March. They follow the success of the online series of webinars about pressure ulcer prevention which took place in November and December 2020.

 

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