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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Wounds and Injuries Medicine & Life Sciences
Bandages Medicine & Life Sciences
Tissue Survival Medicine & Life Sciences
Nurses Medicine & Life Sciences
Skin Medicine & Life Sciences
Surgical Wound Infection Medicine & Life Sciences
Wound Healing Medicine & Life Sciences
Wound Infection Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2019

Clinical indicators of wound infection and biofilm: Reaching international consensus

Haesler, E., Swanson, T., Ousey, K. & Carville, K., 2 Mar 2019, In : Journal of wound care. 28, Sup3b, p. S4-S12

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wound Infection
Wounds and Injuries
Conflict of Interest
Pharmacy Students

The positive impact of training and education on nurses' competence and confidence

Blackburn, J. & Ousey, K., 18 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Wounds UK.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Activities 2017 2018

  • 1 Membership of a Society or Institute
  • 1 International Collaboration

Queensland University of Technology

Karen Ousey (Visiting professor)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2021

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesInternational Collaboration

International Wound Infection Institute (External organisation)

Karen Ousey (Chair)
1 Sep 20171 Sep 2022

Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute