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Abstract

Pressure injuries also known as bed sores are a common secondary medical complication resulting in reduced quality of life, prolonged rehabilitation, increased caregiver burden and unnecessary pain and suffering. Information and smart technologies have the potential to not only prevent pressure injuries but to help manage them. However, many of these technologies have not been tested in the natural environment. This presentation will focus on findings from testing these technologies in individuals across multiple settings including subacute rehabilitation, long term care and the community. Additionally, the information needs and perspectives of individuals living with pressure injuries and their caregivers will be highlighted.

Biography

Sharon Gabison joined KITE in April 2018 as the Hallisey Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Technology for Family Caregivers. Her research in pressure injuries along with her clinical background as a Physical Therapist has led to her interest in the development of technology and tools to prevent pressure injuries. She earned her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Toronto while she studied the relationships between trunk function, pressure offloading and tissue health in individuals living with spinal cord injury. She is currently working on projects to support individuals with or at risk of developing pressure injuries and their informal caregivers.

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