Metrology, in particular surface and geometric measurement has long since been used for process, product, function and performance improvement in many engineering applications. Particularly where surfaces are in contact with each other. How can advanced measurement technologies used to assess the function and performance of medical devices and interventions related to skin integrity, and also how they can help shape best practice in clinical situations.
An overview of approaches to measurement alongside case studies showing how measurement has been used to assess skin integrity in a number of situations will be presented, leading to a discussion on what clinicians need from engineers and technologists to improve clinical practice and standardise some elements of care. An overview of how future technologies may contribute to the wound care arena, and how their success could be monitored.