European medical device company Bruin Biometrics LLC recently announced the formation of a European scientific advisory board, meant to help shape the future of pressure ulcer prevention and support the use of the company’s SEM Scanner, a handheld device for pressure ulcer detention. The SEM Scanner, which measures subepidermal moisture, is not currently for sale in the United States.
According to a Bruin Biometrics (BBI) press release, the scientific advisory board will support BBI’s mission to advance wound care in order to stop preventable pressure ulcers, by providing guidance for clinical strategy, offering education and working with health care professionals to develop new pathways and best practices for pressure ulcer care and prevention.
“Preventing a disease state like pressure ulcers is extraordinarily difficult to achieve in real-world practice,” Martin Burns, BBI chief executive officer, said in the release. “The detection benefit of the scanner is obvious, but scientific innovation and education must come together to overcome ingrained behaviors and affect lasting systemic change across established clinical practice, policy, patient and caregiver engagement, and economic incentives. “
He added, “This panel will help guide future research, education and information exchange with investigators and clinicians in support of our expanding clinical aspirations.”
Inaugural board members include Dmitri Beeckman, RN, PhD, of Ghent University; Steven Gershon, MD, of Gershon Pain Specialists; Jacqui Fletcher, MSc, editor of the journal Wounds UK; Zena Moore, PhD, Msc, of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Karen Ousey, PhD, of University of Huddersfield; and Lisette Schoonhoven, PhD, of University of Southampton.
“With such a varied and experienced panel of experts, we are bound to create new and exciting opportunities to forge ahead with innovation that is specifically aimed at meeting clinician and patient needs around the world,” Gershon said.
Schoonhoven said, “We still have a lot of work to do in the field of pressure ulcer prevention. To date, we have not had the diagnostic tools for early detection. The SEM Scanner offers a promising technology to reinvent the way we think about pressure ulcer prevention.”
According to the release, between 18% and 25% of patients in Europe and the United States experience pressure ulcers. There are about 2.5 million pressure ulcer cases each year in the European Union and nearly 500,000 in the United Kingdom.