• English English


18 September, 12:15 – 13:45, Breakout room #2 / Rhône 3A


Theme: A multi-centre prospective randomized controlled clinical trial to compare the effectiveness and cost of a static air mattress and alternating air pressure mattress to prevent pressure ulcers in high risk nursing home residents



  • Prof. Dimitri Beeckman

Brief description:

During this symposium, Professor Beeckman will provide an insight in to :

  • The background to the challenges of pressure ulcer prevention in a high-risk patient group
  • The methodology for the RCT and the educational programme implemented
  • The findings from 308 high risk patients across 26 nursing homes
  • The differences between static air support surfaces and alternating air mattresses



18 September, 12:15 – 13:45, Breakout room #3 / Rhône 3B

Theme: Treating people who have lost independence Best practice for handling and assisting people to and from beds and armchairs.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Brigitte Barrois, Specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Société Française de l'escarre;
  • Dr. Berangere Fromy, CNRS Research Director at the Laboratory of Tissue Biology and Therapeutic Engineering of Lyon


  • Fabrice Nouvel, Occupational therapist, Chair of the Association française des ergothérapeutes en gériatrie
  • Sébastien Bayol, Occupational therapists, PRAP 2S instructors, Pôle autonomie santé l’ETAPE (34)
  • Fanny Dubois, Occupational therapist, PRAP 2S instructor, Pôle autonomie santé l’ETAPE (34)
  • Aurélie Galbrun, Professor of adapted physical activity - Occupational therapist, Centre de l’Arche (72)
  • Myriam Turenne, Professor of adapted physical activity - Occupational therapist, Centre de l’Arche (72)

Brief description:

  • Mobilisation techniques for bed-ridden patients: posture and postural control
  • Appropriate measures to prevent the risk of MSDs in caregivers
  • Positioning and assisting someone with a motor disability into a wheelchair: Sitting well ?
  • Risk implementation in relation to pressure measurement and mechanobiology


18 September, 15:15 – 16:15, Breakout room #3 / Rhône 3B


Theme: Dabir Surfaces (Pressure Ulcer Prevention) 


  • Michelle Tobin, RN, BSN, National Clinical Manager, Dabir Surfaces Inc.
  • Amit Gefen, PhD MSc BSc, Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Vinoth Ranganathan, MSE, MBA, Director of Clinical Research, Dabir Surfaces Inc.


Brief description: 

Discuss the aetiology of pressure ulcers and the shortcomings (or limitations) of current prevention protocols generally, and more specifically in the surgical or operating room setting.  Experts will provide insights into active pressure offloading and innovative strategies in pressure ulcer prevention and clinical evidence that demonstrates their effectiveness in protecting patients and saving costs through improved patient outcomes. 




19 September, 10:45 - 12:15, Breakout room #1 / Pasteur Lounge

Theme: REDUCING THE BURDEN OF PRESSURE ULCERS - Consolidating technology, research and evidence-based practice to enhance clinical and economic outcomes in pressure ulcer management


  • Nathalie Salles, MD PhD, Head of Geriatrics Department, Central University Hospital, Bordeaux, France


  • Franck Hentz, RN, Senior Health Executive, Central University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Nick Santamaria, RN, PhD, Professor of Nursing Research, Translational Research, University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia
  • Amit Gefen, PhD MSc BSc , Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Paulo Alves, PhD RN MSc, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Tissue Viability, Catholic University of Portugal, Porto, Portugal

Brief description:

Key thought leaders will discuss the current status behind the use of innovative dressings for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, the evidence that demonstrates their effectiveness in protecting patients and saving costs, and also what they may offer in the future. The experts will share new insights and evidence from both a clinical and a pre-clinical perspective.


18 September, 12:15 – 13:45, Breakout room #2 / Rhône 3A

Theme: Understanding the Science & Effects of Early Modulation of the Inflammatory Cascade in Pressure Ulcers


  • Amit Gefen, PhD MSc BSc , Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Dr Yap Jiann Wen, MBBS, National Wound Care Committee Malaysia, Malaysia

Brief description:
This session reviews the scientific evidence which demonstrates the effects of early modulation of the inflammatory cascade for wounds and provides clinical practice evidence to support the use and functions of a polymeric membrane system.


20 September, 09:00 – 10:30, Breakout room #3 / Rhône 3B

Theme: Impact des pansements sur les cellules de la cicatrisation


  • Dr Brigitte Barrois (Médecin MPR, Déléguée générale de la Société Française de l’Escarre)


  • Dr Marina Samardzic, Recherche & Développement, BROTHIER
  • Dr Valériane Levelut, Toxicoloque, EUROFINS
  • Mme Julie Charmetant, Directrice d’études, EUROFINS
  • Dr Anne-Charlotte Ponsen, Chercheur, INSERM U1197
  • Mme Danièle Chaumier, Infirmière stomathérapeute, AP-HP Hôpital Tenon
  • Dr Fabien Boucher, Chirurgien plasticien, HCL – Hôpital de la Croix Rousse

Brief description:

L’objet de ce symposium est de faire le lien entre résultats d’études fondamentales (in vitro) et d’études cliniques sur l’impact des pansements sur la cicatrisation. Les études in vitro ont comparé les effets des plusieurs pansements sur l’activation du fibroblaste, une des cellules clés de la cicatrisation. Les études cliniques montrent une corrélation entre les résultats de l’efficacité d’Algostéril® dans le traitement de plaies et ses résultats in vitro. 

Industry session speakers

All speakers must be registered for the conference. Registration, accommodation, and travelling costs must be covered by the company for any invited speaker or chair person.

Fixed Fee

If the speaker is also an invited speaker at the EPUAP scientific programme or a EPUAP Executive Board Member / EPUAP Trustee, the company must pay a fixed fee to EPUAP. The fixed fee covers the speaker’s hotel room for 3 nights, the registration fee, and travel expenses.

The fee is €1,400 for speakers from outside France and €1,100 for speakers from France. If there are more companies inviting the same speaker, the costs will be split evenly between all of them. Companies will be invoiced the fixed fee just before or just after the conference.

EPUAP holds the right to invite speakers until the time of conference and can therefore not provide a full list of speakers during the planning of the event.