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Clinical challenges of caring for COVID-19 patients


Date: May 13, 2020 | Time: 6pm – 7pm (CET)


The coronavirus COVID19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and one of the greatest challenges we have ever faced. The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) is supporting the COVID19 pandemic response through the development of a CLINICAL WEBINAR summarizing key recommendations for the prevention and management of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – related skin injuries and pressure ulcer prevention in prone (re)positioning.
Positioning COVID-19 patients suffering from severe acute respiratory distress in the prone position improves survival as compared to supine positioning. However, an increase in pressure ulcer development has been reported and new challenges to protect the patients’ skin and tissue have emerged. Healthcare professionals caring for COVID-19 patients are required to wear PPE. With round the clock PPE wearing, skin issues are emerging among healthcare workers in areas hit hard by COVID-19.
This CLINICAL WEBINAR will assist clinicians on the front lines caring for patients at risk for pressure ulcer development and protecting themselves from suffering skin breakdown during this difficult time. The speakers are EPUAP Trustees who work clinically and have built a lot of experience in caring for these patients over the last couple of months. Please join this clinical team and engage with them in this webinar.


Prof. Dimitri Beeckman
Professor at Ghent University (BE) and Örebro University (SE),
President of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP)

Prof. Paulo Alves
EPUAP Trustee,
Universidade Católica Portuguesa,
President of Portuguese Wound Management Association

Mrs. Maarit Ahtiala
RN, Authorized Wound Care Nurse,
ICU, Turku University Hospital, Finland,
EPUAP Trustee

Mr. Steven Smet
Clinical Nurse Specialist Wound Care and chairman of the PU prevention committee,
Ghent University Hospital,
EPUAP Trustee and chairman of the educational committee,
International Skin Tear Advisory (ISTAP) Board Member


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