Thea Pepperl, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches Intro to Engineering and Computational Methods in the Biomedical Engineering Department. Her research interests include the use of high-frequency ultrasound to investigate wound healing, automatic segmentation of pressure images to investigate the development of pressure ulcers, and the analysis and design of decision tools for the care coordination of older adults.
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Virginia Commonwealth University: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: B.S., Biomedical & Electrical Engineering
- Virginia Academy of Science Biomedical Engineering Society
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2014 Critically ill patients may experience reduced mobility and sensation related to various pharmacologic therapies and treatments, making this patient population especially susceptible to pressure ulcers. An alert patient may be better able to reposition in response to discomfort, therefore preventing the development of pressure ulcers. However, little is known about the effect of an individual's alertness level on skin interface pressures. This study describes the effect of alertness level and backrest elevation on skin interface pressures.