The only SEM Scanner that acts as an adjunct to routine clinical skin assessment
2019 Clinical Practice Guidelines released
The 2019 Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG)1, recently launched jointly by EPUAP, NPIAP and PPPIA, recognises the critical significance of sub-epidermal moisture/edema and the biocapacitance biomarker as Pressure Ulcers/Injuries develop.
1. European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/ Injuries: Quick Reference Guide. Emily Haesler (Ed.). EPUAP/NPIAP/PPPIA: 2019
Blinded clinical study using the SEM Scanner published – Wound Repair & Regeneration
Authored by leading wound care clinicians from multiple sites (US/UK), the study using Biocapacitance of the tissues assessed the sensitivity and specificity of SEM as a biomarker for the development of PI/PUs.
Patients talk to BBI about Pressure Injuries/Ulcers
Pressure Injuries/Ulcers (PI/PUs) represent a significant clinical and financial burden. PI/PUs are common in all healthcare settings, and are an underappreciated public health issue.
Annual cost to the US
Additional days for hospitalizations
principally for PI/PUs
Patients in the US that develop
PI/PUs each year
For a PI/PU to be visible from below the skin surface
1. Padula W., et al. (2019). The national cost of hospital-acquired pressure injuries in the United States. International Wound Journal, 1-7
2. Russo, C.A. (Thomson Reuters), Steiner, C. (AHRQ) and Spector, W. (AHRQ). Hospitalizations Related to Pressure Ulcers, 2006. HCUP Statistical Brief #64. December
2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http:// www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb64.pdf
3. Berlowitz D., et al. (2012). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals. A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care. [online]
Available at: https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/ pressureulcertoolkit/putool1.html (Accessed 7 April 2018)
4. Moore Z., et al. (2017). Subepidermal moisture (SEM) and bioimpedance: a literature review of a novel method for early detection of pressure-induced tissue damage
(pressure ulcers). Int Wound J, 14(2): 331–7
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The first FDA authorized risk assessment device for Pressure Injury/Ulcer prevention
SEM Scanner was piloted on one ward for 2 months on medical and non-elective surgery patients who were deemed at risk according to the Waterlow Risk Assessment Tool
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