Research output

New insights in the development of pressure ulcers

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisExternal prepared

Associated researcher

  • de Wert, L.

Associated organisations


Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are associated with a lot of pain, discomfort and increased mortality. It costs the Dutch society more than a billion euros per year. Pressure ulcers are created by pressure and shear forces affecting the skin. Currently, the market mainly offers products that reduce pressure, while not focusing on reduction of shear forces. In this study, a model was developed for administering shear forces to the skin, and displayed more harm than just administering pressure. Wound dressings were then glued to the skin and, for the first time, showed significant reduction of the harmful effect of shear forces. That is why wound dressings are potentially interesting materials to enable further prevention of pressure ulcers in the future.

    Research areas

  • Pressure ulcers, bedsores, Pressure, shear forces, Wound dressings


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Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Award date22 Feb 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
  • Maastricht University
Publication statusPublished - 2019