The 6th International Skin and Infection Prevention Conference was titled ‘Innovations in Wound Management: Welcome to Tomorrow’s Reality’

THE University of Huddersfield has gained a considerable reputation as a centre for innovation and change in the field of wound infection and care and the multi-disciplinary nature of the subject was never more evident than at the latest conference on the subject held at the University this month.

The University’s Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention held its sixth annual conference, which was again sponsored by the leading industry magazine, the Journal of Wound Care.

The event was chaired by the University’s Head of Pharmacy Professor Barbara Conway and organised by the Institute’s Director Professor Karen Ousey.

Professor Ousey is a visiting professor at the Queensland University of Technology and at Dublin’s Royal College of Surgeons and the elected chair of the International Wound Care Infection Institute.

She has led on a number of sector-wide innovations, winning numerous awards, and is currently working with Huddersfield Podiatry and Clinical Sciences senior lecturer Grace Parfitt on reducing the use of dynamic mattress systems in vascular and stroke hospital wards, and in turn measuring the effects on patients’ skin integrity.

Treating pressure damage remains a huge expense for the health services and at the conference the pair presented an analysis of the Trezzo HS range of reactive foam systems, highlighting staff and patient feedback and cost savings that can be made where the equipment is used appropriately.

The Trezzo HS range is produced by Essential Healthcare Solutions and the company’s Clinical and Commercial Director, Debbie Murry, presented findings of a case-study of the Trezzo HS mattress which incorporates DURA-last Cover Technology.

Innovation in wound care

The advancements currently being made in the field were highlighted by the work that is currently being undertaken by experts at the University of Huddersfield and some of these innovators were invited to speak on the day.  These included leading healthcare Lecturer/Practitioner Dr Leanne Atkin; the Director of the newly-created Technical Textiles Research Centre, Professor Parik Goswami; and the Director of the Biopolymer Research Centre, Professor Alan Smith.

Though experts in differing fields, each offered a new perspective on the developments starting to take shape in tissue viability and clinical practice.