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The Etiology of Pressure Injuries: Deformation is a Cell Killer

Permobil Australia

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (AEDT)

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Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear firsthand from the world renowned Dr Amit Gefen as he expands on his latest research and its impact on our understanding of the etiology of pressure injuries. Dr Gefen has presented at major conferences and symposiums worldwide and we are delighted to be able to host his first trip to Australia.


Professor Amit Gefen presenting his latest research

 The etiology of pressure injuries: deformation is a cell killer


About the conference

Historically, pressure injury etiology has revolved around ischemic changes in the skin, and soft tissue.  However, recent evidence has demonstrated that tissue deformation of the skin and soft tissue has earlier implications in pressure injury development versus just ischemia alone. 

Currently there are various levels of clinical knowledge and experience when it comes to understanding pressure injury etiology and appropriate management strategies.  Unfortunately, most healthcare practitioners do not understand the pathophysiology of pressure injuries and the extrinsic and intrinsic risks, which need to be correctly managed for successful outcomes.

This conference will offer a diverse range of interactive and educational sessions exploring current best evidence of pressure injury pathophysiology, with a focus on the new understanding of the significant role tissue deformation plays in the development of pressure injuries.  

Discussions will revolve around the differences in the development of a superficial pressure injury versus a suspected deep tissue injury. This program will also review deep tissue deformation cause and effect and the latest scientific analysis tool, Finite Element Modeling, to examine how various technologies interact with the seated body to minimize the risk for pressure injuries.  

We will cover the Pan Pacific Clinical Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury, the role of seating support surfaces, discuss case studies and hear about pressure injury prevention from a wheelchair user`s perspective.



Keynote Speaker

Professor Amit Gefen, PhD

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University

Guest Speakers

Amy Darvall 

Registered Nurse, M. Wound care, Australia

Malcolm Turnbull

Senior Advisor, Ambassador, Australia



 By the end of the seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Define suspected deep tissue injury according to the EPUAP / NPUAP staging guidelines
  • Identify two ways finite element modeling could improve pressure injury outcomes
  • Explain three differences in progression of superficial versus deep pressure injuries
  • Contrast three differences in the pathology of pressure injuries related to deformation versus ischemia
  • Gain an understanding of the Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Pressure Injuries
  • Learn how to apply seating options in conjunction with the management of pressure injuries and reduce tissue deformation
  • Understand the benefits of using air vs foam in the management and prevention of pressure injuries


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We hope you can make it!
Kind regards,
Permobil Australia



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L'Aqua roof top level Cockle bay wharf
Darling Park
Sydney, NSW 2000

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (AEDT)

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Permobil Australia

For over 45 years, Permobil has been a leader in the complex rehabilitation power wheelchairs industry. No other company can match our record of product "firsts" or our influence in shaping seating and mobility solutions. Our brand is asked for by name, known for quality and trusted by therapists, prescribers, dealers and consumers to be the best.

With the acquisitions of two leading brands: TiLite and ROHO and the recent acquisition of Seating Dynamics Pty Ltd, a leading distributor of quality solutions for pressure care, mobility and positioning, Permobil is on a very exciting journey to become Australia`s leading supplier of innovative advanced rehabilitation solutions for people with disabilities. Our leading brands include:TiLite, ROHO, Bodypoint, SmartDrive, FreeWheel and Spinergy. 

We are committed to improving the lives of all who come into contact with us, not only through our product range but also by sharing our experience and knowledge and providing prompt and appropriate service.

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