Clinical Lead: Dr Marianne Kirrane
Staff Specialist, Intensive Care, RBWH
RBWH collaborators: Dr George Pang, Dr Chris Futter, Prof Fiona Coyer (QUT)
HBI collaborators: Mathilde Desselle, Dr David Forrestal, Dr Michael Wagels
CSDS collaborators: Luke Wainwright, Daniel Host, Joshua Drew
Proudly funded by: Metro North HHS SEED Grant
Watch the EPIIC video.
Many critically ill patients sustain pressure injuries, a skin injury caused by sustained forces of pressure and shear. Patients with severe acute lung disease, including COVID-19, are turned prone, or face down, as part of their treatment in ICU. This causes pressure injuries, particularly to the mouth, nose and ears. Long-term harm includes blindness from ocular pressure.
Through the EPIIC project we will develop locally designed and manufactured face cushions that conform to each patient’s characteristic features better, using modern skin compatible materials.