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Continence and skin technology

This research is led by continence expert Professor Mandy Fader and expert in pressure ulcers Professor Dan Bader. Our goals are to improve quality of life through better continence management, as well as the prevention of pressure ulcers through early detection and intervention.

Continence management projects include National Institute for Health Research and Human Tissue Authority-funded research on catheters for intermittent catheterisation, reduction in the use of urinary catheters in acute care, and the prevention of biofilms in urinary catheters.

Furthermore, the team has embarked on a joint project with the International Continence Society and the International Consultation on Incontinence, to develop a website that tests and evaluates the effectiveness of various continence products.

Our work on the prevention of pressure ulcers examines the effectiveness of strategies associated with the prevention of pressure ulcers: a condition which affects a diverse range of individuals in both hospital and community settings. 

Using a multidisciplinary approach, this work is aimed at achieving early detection of mechanical induced damage, using: imaging, computational modeling, physical sensors and biomarkers, as well as the evaluation of intervention strategies.

Mandy Fader

The problem is that continence products are not subject to the same stringent regulations as drugs, so it is easy for a company to produce a device, but there are few standards to qualify how effective they are or whether they represent value for money.

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