Soft Pressure and Shear Sensing for Prevention of Pressure Injuries

Project status: Current

Thrust area: New Design Paradigms and Processes

Research team: Frank Sup

Pressure ulcers cost nearly $10 billion per year in the US with 2.5 million patients affected each year. They can be associated with significant pain and 60,000 deaths each year are a direct result of pressure ulcers. Currently, there are no soft shear sensing approaches available to assess in situ interface pressures between the skin and the environment. A wearable soft sensing approach that conforms to the anatomy to quantify pressure and shear force values at the interface will allow for product assessment and possibly real-time monitoring to prevent pressure ulcers.