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Karen is Professor of Skin Integrity and Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention.  She is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. a Florence Nightingale Scholar,chair of the International Wound Infection Institute, member of NHS England's right care initative, academic editor for Wounds UK and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Wound Care. Karen leads the development of TVLC, the first UK wide Tissue Viability Service Competency framework. Karen's clinical background is in orthopaedics and tissue viability. She has worked in NHS hospitals in the North West of England and in London.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Tissue viability
  • Wound management
  • Skin integrity
  • Infection prevention
  • Quality of life indicators
  • Wellbeing

Research Degree Supervision

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External positions

Adjunct Clinical Professor, Queensland University of Technology


  • Wound
  • Tissue Viability
  • Infection
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Surgical Site Infection
  • Wound Care Education
  • Wound Management
  • Skin Integrity
  • Infection Prevention
  • Quality of Life Indicators
  • Wellbeing

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Research Output 2010 2018

A cost-effectiveness analysis of a hydration response technology dressing in the treatment of venous leg ulcers in the UK

Walzer, S., Droschel, D., Vollmer, L., Atkin, L. & Ousey, K. 6 Mar 2018 In : Journal of Wound Care. 27, 3, p. 166-172 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Varicose Ulcer
Leg Ulcer
Cost-Benefit Analysis

Best practice recommendations for the prevention and management of skin tears in aged skin

LeBlanc, K., Campbell, K., Beeckman, D., Dunk, A. M., Harley, C., Hevla, H., Holloway, S., Idensohn, P., Langemo, D., Ousey, K., Romanelli, M., Vuagnat, H. & Woo, K. 9 May 2018 Wounds International. 24 p. (Wounds International)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
Hand Disinfection
Staphylococcus epidermidis
Stem Cells

Identifying and treating foot ulcers in patients with diabetes: saving feet, legs and lives

Ousey, K., Chadwick, P., Jawien, A., Tariq, G., Nair, H. K. R., Martínez, J. L. L., Sandy-hodgetts, K., Alves, P., Wu, S. & Moore, Z. 8 May 2018 In : Journal of Wound Care. 27, Sup5, p. S1-S52 52 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Information and Communication in the Emergency Department

Blackburn, J., Ousey, K. & Goodwin, E. 6 Jul 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : International Emergency Nursing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hospital Emergency Service
Focus Groups
Health Personnel

Activities 2012 2018

International Wound Infection Institute (External organisation)

Ousey, K. (Chair)
15 Nov 2017 → …

Activity: Membership of a Society or Institute

European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (External organisation)

Ousey, K. (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership of committee

Exploring Pressure and Body Positioning: A Pilot Evaluation among Critically Ill Patients

Stephenson, J. (Speaker), Ousey, K. (Speaker), Fiona Coyer (Speaker), Michele Clark (Speaker), Peter Slattery (Speaker), Peter Thomas (Speaker), Greg McNamara (Speaker), Chris Edwards (Speaker), Jessica Ingleman (Speaker)
25 Sep 2016

Activity: Oral presentation

A Prospective Evaluation of the TREZZO Mattress Range

Ousey, K. (Speaker)
14 Nov 2016

Activity: Invited talk