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
Wound Healing Medicine & Life Sciences
Skin Medicine & Life Sciences
Nurses Medicine & Life Sciences
Surgical Wound Infection Medicine & Life Sciences
Wound Infection Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2019

Bacterial-binding dressings in the management of wound healing and infection prevention: a narrative review

Chadwick, P. & Ousey, K., 2 Jun 2019, In : Journal of wound care. 28, 6, p. 370-382 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Wound Infection
Wound Healing
Wounds and Injuries

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

Open Access
Wound Infection
Wounds and Injuries
Conflict of Interest

Effects and safety of atmospheric low temperature plasma on bacterial reduction in chronic wounds and wound size reduction - a systematic review and meta-analysis

Assadian, O., Ousey, K., Daeschlein, G., Kramer, A., Parker, C., Tanner, J. & Leaper, D., 1 Feb 2019, In : International Wound Journal. 16, 1, p. 103-111 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wounds and Injuries
Randomized Controlled Trials

Activities 2008 2019

Biochemical Society Transactions (Journal)

George Psakis (Reviewer)
13 Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Anti-inflammatory effects of cannabidiol to modulate induced inflammation on gingival-keratinocytes

Sandeep Kumar (Speaker), Jinous Tahmassebi (Speaker), Farideh Javid (Speaker), El-Mostafa Raif (Speaker)
4 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPoster presentation


Bioscience Reports (Journal)

George Psakis (Reviewer)
24 Jul 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

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