David M. Brienza, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2004
For contributions in rehabilitation engineering leading to a better understanding of soft tissue biomechanics and the prevention of pressure sores.

Pitt Researcher Receives NIH Funding Aimed at Preventing Bed Sores

Via University of Pittsburgh | September 18, 2017

Heat, moisture and force, in addition to other factors, can lead to pressure injuries — or bed sores — which are common among immobile patients and individuals who use wheelchairs. Many technologies and guidelines exist to help prevent and treat pressure injuries, but there is little evidence to prove which technologies are most effective for patients with different risk factors.

David Brienza, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was recently awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the technologies used in hospital beds aimed at preventing pressure injuries.

One technology, called low air loss, redistributes pressure and establishes a healthy microclimate for the patient’s skin by wicking away moisture and circulating air under the bed where the patient is lying… Continue reading.