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Karen is Professor of Skin Integrity and Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention.  She is also Visiting 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 Adding Value programme, academic editor for Wounds UK and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Wound Care. Karen led 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

Visiting Professor at The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin

Jul 2018Jul 2023

Chair , International Wound Infection Institute

1 Nov 2017 → …

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 2000 2019

The surgical wound in infrared: thermographic profiles and early stage test-accuracy to predict surgical site infection in obese women during the first 30 days after caesarean section

Childs, C., Wright, N., Wilmott, J., Davies, M., Kilner, K., Ousey, K., Soltani, H., Madhuvrata, P. & Stephenson, J., 7 Jan 2019, In : Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control. 8, p. 1-15 15 p., 7.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surgical Wound Infection
Cesarean Section
Wounds and Injuries
1 Citations

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 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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

Best Practice Statement: Maintaining Skin Integrity

Callaghan, R., Cowdell, F., Danby, S., Gardner, S., Moncrieff, G., Pilcher, M., Ousey, K., Williams, A. & Young, T., Nov 2018, Wounds UK. 20 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Chlorhexidine coated surgical gloves influence the bacterial flora of hands over a period of 3 hours

Suchomel, M., Brillmann, M., Assadian, O., Ousey, K. & Presterl, E., 6 Sep 2018, In : Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control. 7, 108, 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Surgical Gloves
Surgical Wound Infection

Activities 2012 2018

How to Access Tissue Viability Education in a Cash Strapped Economy

Karen Ousey (Speaker)
26 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

International Wound Infection Institute (External organisation)

Karen Ousey (Chair)
15 Nov 2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute

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

John Stephenson (Speaker), Karen Ousey (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: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (External organisation)

Karen Ousey (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

A Prospective Evaluation of the TREZZO Mattress Range

Karen Ousey (Speaker)
14 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk