ISS 2017 Program


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IC09: Understanding Pressure Injuries for Effective Prevention

Understanding the etiology of a pressure injury (PI) is pivotal to prevention. We provide a 360-degree analysis with an assembly of the world's thought-leaders, including researchers, clinicians, and engineers - all of whom approach PI prevention in seated clients from
their areas of expertise. The research is translated into practical considerations when prescribing a cushion.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Amit Gefen, PhD
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv

Prof. Amit Gefen received the B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Tel Aviv University in 1994, 1997, and 2001, respectively. During 2002-2003 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of Tel Aviv University. His research interests are in studying effects of biomechanical factors on cells, tissues and organs, with applications to chronic wounds.

Joyce Black, CWCN, FAAN
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska
United States

Cees Oomens
Eindhoven University of Technology
The Netherlands

Cees Oomens is full professor in Biomechanics of Soft Tissues. Currently his research is focussed on damage and adaptation of soft biological tissues. A major application field is a study on the aetiology of pressure ulcers. The goals are to develop an objective method to identify patients at risk of developing a pressure ulcer and to develop techniques for early detection of deep tissue injury. He was president of EPUAP from 2009-2011

David M Brienza, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

David Brienza, PhD, is a Professor of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at Pitt and Associate Dean for Research in SHRS. He has served as the Director of the RERC on Wheeled Mobility, Director of the RERC on Telerehabilitation and Director of the RERC on Spinal Cord Injury. His work ranges from technology development in the seating and mobility, to investigations on physiological responses to mechanical and heat loading, to clinical effectiveness research with large-scale RCTs.

Dan Bader, PhD, DSc
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

After his PhD, Dan Bader moved to Oxford University and focused on the bioengineering aspects of pressure ulcer prevention. He later moved to University of London and, in 1999, was appointed Professor of Medical Engineering. He then became Professor of Bioengineering and Tissue Health in Southampton and, since 2014, has led the UK Network on Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin He has a part-Time Professorship at Eindhoven University and is Editor of the Journal of Tissue Viability.



    1. Levy A., Kopplin, K., & Gefen, A. (2014). An Air-cell-based cushion for pressure ulcer protection remarkably reduces tissue stresses in the seated buttocks with respect to foams: Finite element studies. Journal of Tissue Viability. 23(1):13-23.
    2. Gefen, A. (2014). Tissue changes in patients following spinal cord injury and implications for wheelchair cushions and tissue loading: A literature review. Ostomy Wound Management. Feb: 34-45.
    3. Brienza, D., Kelsey, S., Karg, P., Allegretti, A., Olson, M., Schmeler, M., Zanca, J., Geyer, M.J., Kusturiss, M.B., & Holm, M. (2010). A randomized clinical trial on preventing pressure ulcers with wheelchair seat cushions. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(12), 2308-2314.

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