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Key sessions

Key session 1: Interdisciplinary, interprofessional teamwork, combined with technological innovations: A winning approach to pressure ulcer prevention and management for all age groups

  • Interdisciplinary interprofessional teamwork skills and passion: How to influence performances and outcomes; Guido Ciprandi, Italy
  • A team picture story: A documented homage to the invisible; Christina Lindholm, Sweden
  • Technological innovations and biomechanics: Development and optimisation in pressure ulcer prevention; Yohan Payan, France


Key session 2: Multidisciplinary pressure ulcer prevention and treatment for our most fragile patients: From premature to elderly patients

  • Patient-centred care: A call to action for wound management; Ellie Lindsay, United Kingdom
  • Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment in fragile patients: A clinical perspective for a paediatric population; Anna Barbara Schlüer, Switzerland
  • Wound care teams for preventing and treating pressure ulcers; Zena Moore, Ireland
  • Myths and reality in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers in very old patients : A multidisciplinary approach; Sylvie Meaume, France


Key session 3: IAD: The GLOBIAD experience and the team concept

  • Ghent Global IAD Categorisation Tool (GLOBIAD): From the beginning to the team-assisted scientific paper; Karen Van Den Bussche, Belgium
  • Introduction of a new Minimum Data Set (MDS) for incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD); Dimitri Beeckman, Belgium
  • Development of the Global IAD Categorisation Tool: Future clinical steps; Jan Kottner, Germany


Key session 4: Journal of Tissue Viability & Clinical Biomechanics Award

  • Evaluation of the impact of a therapeutic educational program concerning the prevention of risk of pressure ulcers for persons with a spinal cord lesion; Sandrine Robineau, France
  • A novel high-throughput device for cell deformation reveals differences in cell membrane permeability between myotubes and myoblasts in vitro; Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, Singapore
  • CI-NPWT: An essential tool for pocket complications involving cardiac implantable electronic devices in children; Guido Ciprandi, Italy
  • Development and evaluation of simplified Finite Element model for pressure ulcer prevention in sitting posture; Pierre-Yves Rohan, France


Key session 5: Basic science: Biomechanics and aetiology

  • Current understanding of the aetiology of pressure ulcers; Cees Oomens, The Netherlands
  • The development of a pressure ulcer conceptual framework; Jane Nixon, United Kingdom
  • Preventing pressure ulcers by manipulating cell dynamics: Mechanobiology-inspired innovation in pressure ulcer prevention; Amit Gefen, Israel


Key session 6: Biophysical agents in pressure ulcer treatment: Novel therapies

  • Technology update on electrical stimulation and wound healing; Michael Clark, United Kingdom
  • Photobiomodulation – PBM – in tissue repair and wound healing; Marco Romanelli, Italy
  • Efficacy of laser therapy at different wavelengths on pressure ulcers and its effect on serum levels of IL-6, TNF-α and IL-2; Jakub Taradaj, Poland
  • Indications for exogenous energies: Topical oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen; Pasquale Longobardi; Italy


Key session 7: Medical device related pressure ulcers: Aetiology, research and clinical practice to enhance prevention among persons of different ages and in different settings

  • Medical device-related pressure ulcers: Aetiology and research in adult, paediatric and neonatal settings; Amit Gefen, Israel
  • Clinical observations and prevention in young populations: How to organize a nursing team fighting against medical device-related pressure ulcers in babies; Anna Barbara Schlüer, Switzerland
  • Undue pressures, materials and positions: Exploring the complex world of medical device-related pressure ulcers in adult patients. Is there a place for “Smart materials”?; Dan Bader, United Kingdom
  • Are medical devices in a steady state of evolution? The more sophisticated the device, the wider the spectrum of associated pressure injuries. We need to change the culture to enhance the prevention of medical device related injuries among complex patients; Serena Crucianelli, Italy


Key session 8: Negative pressure wound therapy in paediatric and adult patients

  • Healing with NPWT: The state of the art in 2018; Luc Teot, France
  • Simplified, portable, canisterless NPWT-systems: A leading technology with psychological optimal benefits; Valentina Dini, Italy
  • Use of negative pressure wound therapy to prevent surgical site infection (SSI); Steven Jeffery, United Kingdom
  • Healing effects on neonatal and paediatric wounds treated with a negative pressure wound therapy: No more into the black list for small patients; Guido Ciprandi, Italy


Key session 9: Allied health professionals' perspectives of pressure ulcer prevention

  • Focus on spinal patients: How to assist them in posture and mobility?; Anthony Gelis, France
  • An occupational therapy perspective of the use of technology to monitor weight shifts and repositioning behaviours in sitting; Alison Porter-Armstrong, United Kingdom
  • Footnotes: What do podiatrists bring to presure ulcer prevention?; Pauline Wilson, Ireland
  • The role of the physiotherapist in pressure ulcer prevention: Supporting the patient through the lifetime risk of pressure ulceration; Menno Van Etten, Norway


Key session 10: AIUC – AISLeC joint session: Two main Italian wound care societies cooperating against pressure ulcers: Confederation as a team

  • A wound care team for pressure injuries in 18 North Italy hospitals: Pros and cons using the same protocol for prevention and treatment; Roberto Brambilla, Italy
  • Criteria for “quality” definition of the so-called advanced dressings and new technologies; Alessandro Greco, Italy
  • Heel pressure injuries: Need for a consensus conference; Massimo Rivolo, Italy
  • Achieving evidence-based practice: Calcaneal ulcers' management in infants and children; Valentina Vanzi, Italy


Key session 11: EPUAP Quality Improvement Projects Awards

  • Protecting the skin our patients live in: Implementing strategies to prevent pressure ulcers; Helen Strapp, Ireland
  • Audit of incontinence-associated dermatitis prevalence and skin barrier product usage in nursing and residential homes in a Welsh health board; Sarah Bradbury, United Kingdom
  • Student nurse preparation for pressure injury prevention practice: A quality improvement project using social media and teaching rounds; Julie Santy-Tomlinson, United Kingdom
  • Mind the gap: Reducing gaps in pressure ulcer documentation through small tests of change; Jeannie Donnelly, United Kingdom


Key session 12: Innovations in plastic and reconstructive surgery for pressure ulcers and other challenging wounds

  • Spare muscles surgical technics in 4 degree pressure ulcers treatment; Franco Bassetto, Italy
  • Primary report of efficiency of fat grafting in prevention of ischial tuberosity pressure ulcer; Christian Herlin, France
  • Skin-sparing debridement for necrotizing fasciitis in children; Giorgio La Scala; Switzerland
  • Propeller flaps with reduced rotational angles: Clinical experience in various anatomical sites; Paolo Persichetti, Italy


Key session 13: EPUAP-EWMA joint patient safety session

  • How are we currently collecting the data – prevalence versus incidence; Lisette Schoonhoven, The Netherlands
  • OECD action on international measurement of pressure ulcer prevalence; Ian Brownwood, France
  • Lobbying at the EU level for greater investment/awareness of pressure ulcers as a public health issue/concern, Instinctif Partners


Key session 14: EPUAP Experienced and Novice Investigator Awards 2018

  • Technologies for the early detection and prevention of pressure ulcers; Peter Worsley, United Kingdom


Key session 15: Innovations in pressure ulcer prevention bundle: Patient safety, quality of care, evidence based practice and policy

  • Alternating pressure mattresses verses high specification foam: Results of the PRESSURE 2 randomised controlled trial; Jane Nixon, United Kingdom
  • Continuous mobility tracking and activity monitoring using smart sensor technology for efficient and effective prevention of pressure ulcers; Nils Lahmann, Germany
  • Embedding of a new risk assessment protocol in the hospital environment; Steven Smet, Belgium
  • National policy for PU prevention and monitoring on national level; Andrea Pokorna, Czech Republic