Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention

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The management of wounds in general, and the challenge of chronic wounds and associated assessment of tissue viability in particular, represent approximately 5% of the current NHS England budget. In addition to the economic burden of wound care, the cost of treating related Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs), particularly surgical site infections (SSIs), has been estimated to represent a further £1bn. The rise of resistant and emergent organisms, such as MRSA, related to misuse and over-use of antibiotics is another clinical area of concern. These annual costs of wound management and HCAIs are probably underestimates, but they are likely to rise with our ageing population and continuous technological advances, and theexpectation of successive governments to provide a quality NHS service for all who access health care. The area of regenerative medicine, embraced by the study of tissue viability, has the potential to provide new therapies, theranostics and Biologics involving the design and delivery of predictive small molecule research for the consumption of a wide range of end-users. The Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention (ISIaIP) places the University of Huddersfield at the forefront of research and teaching in this area.

The aim of the ISIaIP is to promote a fully integrated, complete and coordinated, applied science to clinical practice, ethos; including investigation into the function of the skin as a barrier against medications, wound dressings and antimicrobials, design and development, clinical evaluation of products and devices and exploration of quality of life indictors for patients and their significant others.

The overall vision of the Institute is to provide translational research which fundamentally improves quality of life for patients through a “bench to bedside” approach entrenched in scientifically rigorous methods with a clinical focus.

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    Research Output

    Best Practice Statement: Management of lower limb skin tears in adults

    Fletcher, J., Dowsett, C., Holloway, S., Ousey, K., Pagnamenta, F., Vernon, T., Vowden, K. & Vowden, P., 2 Sep 2020, London: Wounds International. 20 p.

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    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Device-related pressure ulcers: SECURE prevention

    Cowan, T. (ed.), Webb, R. (ed.), Gefen, A., Alves, P., Ciprandi, G., Coyer, F., T Milne, C., Ousey, K., Ohura, N., Waters, N. & Worsley, P., 1 Feb 2020, Sup2a ed. Journal of Wound Care . 52 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • Activities

    3D-Bioprinting of Multiphase Hydrogel Structures using Suspended Layer Additive Manufacturing (SLAM)

    Alan Smith (Keynote speaker)

    22 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Textiles as a tool to sustainable topical innovations

    Parikshit Goswami (Speaker)

    25 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Nonwovens Innovation Academy 2019

    Parikshit Goswami (Chair)

    17 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Press / Media

    National award for major scientific study of wound care dressings

    Karen Ousey & Nikolaos Georgopoulos


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment