Maarit Ahtiala

EPUAP Trustee

I have worked since 1998 as a Registered Nurse at Adults ICU (24 beds; about 1600 adult patients treated yearly) in Turku University Hospital, Finland. I am an Authorized Wound Care Nurse (Tissue Viability Nurse). My responsibilities include coordination of wound care and pressure ulcer prevention practices in the department. I am also a secretary of Turku University Hospital’s Wound Team. I educate nurses at ICU and in other units and in other towns around Finland. I am giving lectures about wound care and pressure ulcer prevention, classification and treatment. I am a principal investigator in a pressure ulcer research program, which is carried out in ICU Turku. The research project was initiated in 2010 and is still ongoing. The research focuses on the occurrence, pathophysiological risk factors as well as risk assessment methods of pressure ulcers in intensive care. I have published articles about my research in national and international journals.

I have delivered posters, oral presentations as participant and an invited speaker in Finnish Wound Care Society conferences in Helsinki, EPUAP meetings, EWMA and ESICM conferences. I am a board member of Finnish Wound Care Society and a member of Finnish Society of Intensive Care Medicine as well as EPUAP and EWMA.


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