NewsLaunch of Pressure Ulcer Diagnostic Tool in Europe

Launch of Pressure Ulcer Diagnostic Tool in Europe

Assessment and diagnosis, Pressure Ulcers, Products

Launch of Pressure Ulcer Diagnostic Tool in EuropeA new point of care diagnostic tool that detects imminent pressure ulceration is to be launched in Europe following successful CE Marking of the product.


The current standard of care in pressure ulcer prevention is based on risk assessment using tools such as Braden and Waterlow scores. Risk assessment is then combined with regular inspection of the skin to check pressure areas.

Bruin Biometrics (BBI) has developed the SEM ScannerTM, a point of care diagnostic tool that measures increased fluid content within the skin and underlying tissue known as subepidermal moisture (SEM). In clinical studies, SEM has been shown to identify pressure-induced tissue damage up to 10 days before damage becomes visible on the skin's surface.

The SEM Scanner can be used as an adjunct to the current standard of care in pressure ulcer assessment can lead to targeted interventions and decreased pressure ulcer incidence. Additional advantages of the SEM Scanner over other diagnostic modalities include objective, evidence-based measurements; non-invasive, rapid results; clear risk assessment documentation; standardized patient assessment; and minimal technical skills for operation.

BBI has recently received CE Marking to market the SEM Scanner in Europe. It has been developed in conjunction with research colleagues at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), notably Barbara Bates-Jensen, PhD, RN, CWOCN, FAAN. Bates-Jensen serves as Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee at the UCLA School of Nursing and Associate Adjunct Professor, Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. BBI will officially launch the SEM Scanner at the upcoming MEDICA conference taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany, November 20-23, 2013. 

If you are interested in collaborating on future studies with the SEM Scanner, please contact Bruin Biometrics at:


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