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Bioengineering Approaches to Improve Medical Device Design and Prevent Pressure Injuries


Dr. Peter Worsley is an Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Southampton in Southhamptom, United Kingdom. He is a qualified physiotherapist with a PhD in bioengineering. He leads the Skin Health Research Group with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and supervises student researchers and clinical academics from the United Kingdom and overseas. He has developed an international reputation in the field of medical devices and skin health and is a principal investigator on projects funded by UK Research and Innovation, the European Union, industry, and charities. His main interests are in technologies to monitor the status of skin health and the performance of medical devices such as prosthetics and orthotics. This includes physical sensing and artificial intelligence approaches developed in the laboratory and translated to a range of clinical settings (acute care, primary care, and international studies). He works closely with industry, by working to innovate medical devices and develop innovative solutions for patient monitoring and personalized care. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Many of the most commonly used medical devices, which interface with vulnerable skin and soft tissue, have evolved very little in the past decade and are frequently associated with device—related pressure injuries (DRPIs). Future technologies may minimize or even eliminate the possibility of DRPIs. This session will deliver an analysis of the latest bioengineering tools to assess device-related skin and soft tissue damage and future perspectives on a new generation of medical devices specifically designed to minimize the risk of DRPIs.