Invited speakers

Britt Hansen

Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

Patient participation in pressure ulcer prevention

I´m educated as nurse, with a Bachelors Degree of Nursing in 2005. Since 2006, I have worked in Plastic Surgery Department, University Center of Wound healing, Odense University Hospital.

In my daily work I educate other nurses in prevention, classification and treatment of pressure ulcers, in my own department, but also around other departments of Odense University Hospital. I also teach for the Danish Nursing council in prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

In 2019 I finished a Master in Clinical Science MSs in nursing, Aarhus University. The Master Thesis was an examination of the patient’s experiences with participation in pressure ulcer prevention.

Since 2018 I have been a part of the trustee group in EPUAP.


Edda Johansen

University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

 Are we trusting risky scales?

Edda Johansen is a doctor qualified Intensive Care Nurse (ICU). She developed and was responsible for a postgraduate course in wound care and prevention from 2008 until 2019 as well as an English master module in Wound Care and Prevention at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) offered since 2019. In 2019 she became the programme coordinator for the Master in intensive care nursing at USN and combines this work with a 50% clinical position at the General Intensive Care ward at Drammen Hospital.

As a member of the expert group for PU prevention in the National Patient Safety Programme in Norway, she developed a 3-risk approach to PU risk assessment, which has been widely implemented in Norway. She has written book chapters and articles related to wound care and prevention. Current research and development work focuses on Pressure Ulcers, Moisture Associated Skin Damage and education.

Edda Johansen

Helle Dreier

Occupational Therapist, Denmark

Pressure distribution in the seated

I am an Occupational therapist and Master of Social Integration. During the last 30 years of working with wheelchair users mostly suffering from tissue injuries or at risk of catching some I have become an experienced specialist in seating assessments with focus on how activities of daily living may influence the risk of sitting aquired tissue injuries.

Since 2014 I have been practicing municipality consultancy in my own company: Siddestillingskompagniet with a very good and experienced colleage.

In 2018 I finished my latest book in Danish: ActivityBased SeatingAssessment which is a description of a methodical approach of seating assessment to expose the multidimensional problem: sitting with the risk of sitting aquired tissue injury to make sure that every meaningful detail is illuminated and to make sure that the intervention is based on reliable datacollection.

Unfortunately, the book is not yet published in English. 

Ida M. Bredesen

University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

Patient safety culture – is there a relationship to pressure ulcers?

Ida Marie Bredesen work as a nurse researcher at the Division of Orthopaedic surgery, Oslo University Hospital and associate professor at the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway where she is responsible for a postgraduate course in wound care and prevention. She is currently the head of the Norwegian Wound Healing Society and EPUAP trustee. Her research themes are pressure ulcer, quality improvement, patient safety and education.

Ida M. Bredesen

Ingebjørg Irgens

Sunnås, Norway

In hospital at home using telemedicine

Medical doctor (1996), specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2010) and general practice (2005). Accredited Sports medicine doctor (NIMF, 2005). CEO of the Norwegian MD- PRM association (2010-2012). Worked as a GP 1996- 2005. Employed at Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital since 2004, focused on spasticity, bladder and bowel, and pressure injury. Senior doctor at the SCI follow- up department, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital since 2010. TeleRehabilitation projects since 2012. Employed at the Research Department at Sunnaas since 2014, medical responsible for the research laboratories. Performed several Innovation projects (2012- 2019). Phd- candidate (2017-2020). 


Madeleine Stenius

Rehab Station Stockholm, Sweden

Patient education and counselling

Madeleine Stenius, Training & Education Coordinator/Assistant Nurse at Rehab Station Stockholm.

 Madeleine is specialized in preventing and treating pressure ulcers and moisture damage, as well as creating healthy toilet routines, for patients with neurological disorders using a holistic point of view.

 She has developed a multiple education program, made two educational DVDs and designed patient information leaflets. Madeleine has also developed and written several of Rehab Stations care treatment programme. She is the author of five books about pressure ulcers and neurogenic bowel and bladder disorders.

 She has exhibited over 20 posters/oral presentations at international symposium during 2007-2019 (EPUAP, EWUMA, ISCoS, Patient Safety, NoSCoS, RBU, plastic surgeon / medical symposium, WUWHS and Skin Integrity Expert Conference).

She has also performed 3 studies of SCI patients with flap surgery, of which one article was published in Int. Wound journal 2016 and two new articles are in processing.

Madeleine has been a member of RiksSårs (register of hard to heal ulcers) Steering Group since 2011 and is a member of the editorial staff of SSIS magazine SårMagasinet 2019. She also was a part of the working group for EPUAP’s conferences in Stockholm 2014. 

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Menno van Etten

Physiotherapist, Norway

Pressure distribution in the supine position

Menno van Etten, is a trained physiotherapist originally from the Netherlands, living in Norway. For the last 32 years he has been involved in wheelchairs & wheelchair seating in different roles. Initially this involved carrying out wheelchair seating assessments, followed by giving seminars on wheelchair seating in Norway and later in other parts of Scandinavia.  He has been a product manager for a wheelchair manufacturer, mainly involved with chairs for elderly and those with severe disabilities. Later he was a European product manager for a major international wheelchair seating system manufacturer. He has always had an interest in seating, specifically how what is considered normal i.e. to be seated at 90°, can be translated into wheelchair seating. More recently Menno’s work has focused on the relationship between seating and lying positions in preventing physical deformities and pressure ulcers and how materials people are seated or lying on may help in preventing these situations. Menno has co-authored a number of research papers and a Cochrane Systematic review on his subject specialty. Menno works now for one of the major healthcare companies as a training and competence manager.

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Peter Rathje

CEO Project Zero, Sønderborg, Denmark

Introduction to Project ZERO

Peter Rathje is the Managing Director (CEO) of the ProjectZero Company, a public private partnership driving the transition defined by the ProjectZero vision:  creating a ZEROcarbon Sonderborg by 2029!

From 2007 and until the completion of the Frank Gehry Masterplan for Sonderborg Harbour Company in 2009, he was also in charge of the master plan creation-process. The GEHRY project is focused on turning a 50.000 m2 old harbor area into a vibrant ZEROcarbon community.

From 1999 until accepting his present position in 2007, he was the CEO of Agramkow Fluid Systems A/S, focused on fluid charging solutions for industry applications including the automotive industry. During his 7 years with Agramkow, Peter Rathje also during 2004-2005 acted as the CEO of the US based RTI Technologies Inc company located in York, PA.

Until 1999 he was EMEA Vice-president Sales of US based Scientific Atlanta (Now part of Cisco). Peter Rathje has work-experience from global organizations and lived in both Frankfurt/Germany and Pennsylvania/USA.

During the last 25 years Peter Rathje has been an active board-member of University research committees, business schools, university colleges etc.

 Peter Rathje has also been chairman/board-member of private companies, industry associations and employer’s organization in Denmark and abroad.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Sonderborg Vækstrådet (Growth Council) and a Representative for the Danish Norlys utility company. 

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Tina Lynge Lyngbye

Sønderborg Municipality, Denmark

Introducing “In safe Hands” – How is prevention undertaken at nursing homes in the municipality using new technologies?

Have many years of experience in Quality and Patient safety work in healthcare, both in hospitals and community settings. Have extensive experience in teaching and coaching, leading collaboratives, learning seminars, workshops, site visits mm.

Have a thorough knowledge of System of profound knowledge, Improvement method and Improvement programs in Hospitals and communities.

Latest been Director of a Large-Scale program across the Danish communities. 

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Zena Moore

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland

How to get the right prevention to the right patient at the right time and The updated international guideline by NPUAP, EPUAP and PPPIA

Zena is a registered nurse, who holds a PhD, a FFNMRCSI, an MSc in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair, an MSc in Leadership in Education, a PGDip in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair and a Diploma in Management. Zena is the Chair in Nursing at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Medicine and Health Sciences (RCSI), is Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at RCSI and is Director of the Skin Wounds, and Trauma (SWaT) Research Centre at RCSI. Zena’s area of research interest is Wound Healing & Tissue Repair and she has published over 200 articles, guidelines, consensus documents and book chapters in this field. Zena is a trustee of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, where she is a member of the executive Board, Chair of the Scientific Committee, a member of the International Guideline Governance Group and the Advocacy group. Zena is also a Past President of the European Wound Management Association, is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, a Professor at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, an Honorary Professor, Lida Institute, Shanghai, China, a Senior Tutor at the University of Wales, a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Hogskolen i Buskerud, Drammen, Norway and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Nursing, Fakeeh College for Medical Sciences, Jeddah, KSA. 

RCSI and Wellman International enter research partnership to prevent bed sores
 Pictured is Professor Zena Moore, Head of the RCSI School of Nursing and Midwifery . RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and Wellman International have today announced a new research collaboration that aims to reduce the number of severe pressure ulcers occurring in vulnerable older persons. RCSI and Wellman will develop a novel bedding material to prevent pressure ulcers by controlling moisture levels on the skin’s surface and evenly redistributing pressure whilst an individual is seated or lying in bed. Recent estimates suggest that the management of wounds, including pressure ulcers, creates a significant financial burden, equating to 6 per cent of the total Irish public health expenditure.
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Jane Butler RCSI 087-7531877

Katrin Balzer

University of Lübeck, Germany

  • How to get the right prevention to the right patient at the right time
  • Quality management in pressure ulcer prevention – the Schleswig-Holstein’ experience
  • From guidelines to practiceA
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Anne Margrethe Pontoppidan

Nordsjællands Hospital, Hillerød, Denmark

Preventing hospital acquired pressure ulcers in a 570 bed hospital: Leadership at all levels, knowledge and an organizational approach

Further educated in andragogy, quality development and project management. Master in Health Promotion from 2017. Currently employed as quality consultant and risk manager at Orthopedic Department, Nordsjællands Hospital.

“When I was 26 years old, I developed category 3 pressure ulcers on both heels and os sacrum during an acute illness period with sepsis. This has led to a deep professional interest in pressure ulcer prevention including an understanding of the patient view. The patient experience is just as essential for pressure ulcer prevention as the knowledge and skills of the professional staff”.

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Peter Worsley

University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom


Dr Peter Worsley is an Associate Professor within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. In 2012 he joined a new Skin Health Research group within Health Sciences, where he is responsible for efficient functioning of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and supervising student researchers, including PhDs, masters and internships. He has developed an international reputation in the field of pressure ulcer prevention, becoming a trustee of the EPUAP and a member of the editorial board of Journal of Tissue Viability.