Dr Georgina Gethin

RGN, Dip, HEDip, PhD

Contact Details

Head of School
Nursing & Midwifery
409
Aras Moyola

T: Ext. 2018
E: georgina.gethin@nuigalway.ie
Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing & Midwifery
NUI Galway

E: GEORGINA.GETHIN@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr. Georgina Gethin, PhD, MSc Clinical Research, RGN, PG Dip Wound Healing, Dip Anatomy, Dip Applied Physiology, FFNMRCSI
Dr. Georgina Gethin was appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway in 2013 and as Head of School in October 2016. She holds a PhD and fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has an extensive background in wound management as a clinical nurse specialist, clinical consultancy, member of the diabetic foot team in NUI Galway, lead researcher on the development of the first national wound care guidelines in Ireland and national framework for procurement of wound care products. She lectures at undergraduate and post-graduate level on wound healing and tissue repair and research methods. Georgina is supervisor and examiner for MSc and PhD research programmes. Georgina is a council member of the European Wound Management Association,  in addition to being a member of the Cochrane wounds group. Her specialist areas of interest are in epidemiology of wounds, wound bed assessment incorporating wound pH and temperature, palliative wound care and the use of honey in wound healing. This is supported through a commitment to evidence based practice as evidenced by being on the editorial board of 3 journals, and extensive publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is collaborating with colleagues in the UK, Switzerland and Italy on research projects  including development of guidelines for palliative wound care.

Research Interests

My primary area of interest is in wound science. This includes assessment of the wound bed and the development of diagnostic and objective wound assessment tools including that of wound pH.
The use of honey in wound healing and the management of chronic wounds.
Palliative wound care.
Evidence based practice and in particular randomised controlled trials of interventions .

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Ph, temperature and size of chronic wounds - 01-JAN-15 30-DEC-19
GEORGINA GETHIN MF PROJECT 01-SEP-14 31-DEC-16
GENERAL ACCOUNT GEORGINA GETHIN 12-FEB-14 28-FEB-20
DEP OF HEALTH STAFF DEVELOPMENT NURSING STUDIES 01-SEP-02 31-DEC-23
CFNS WORKSHOPS FOR WHB K MURPHY 20-FEB-98 30-NOV-20
EVALUATION OF SCAN SERVICE - ST JOHN OF GOD COMM SERVICE - STEPHEN BRADLEY 01-SEP-11 31-DEC-13

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Enhanced thermal image of wound tissue for better clinical decision making'
Keenan, E., Gethin, G., Watterson, D., Flynn, L., O'Connor, G (2017) 'Enhanced thermal image of wound tissue for better clinical decision making'. Physiological Measurement, 38 (6) [Details]
(2017) 'A descriptive survey study of violence management and priorities among psychiatric staff in mental health services, across seventeen european countries'
Cowman, S,Bjorkdahl, A,Clarke, E,Gethin, G,Maguire, J,EViPRG (2017) 'A descriptive survey study of violence management and priorities among psychiatric staff in mental health services, across seventeen european countries'. BMC Health Services Research, 17 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'An exploration of patients adherence with prescribed medicine regimes for Rheumatoid Arthritis'
Doyle, C. Gethin, G. (2010) 'An exploration of patients adherence with prescribed medicine regimes for Rheumatoid Arthritis'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science (1971-)Irish Journal Of Medical Science (1971-), 179 (s14):s 552-s552 [Details]
(2016) 'Complementary and alternative therapies for management of odor in malignant fun gating wounds: a critical review'
Gethin, G, Macintosh, C, Probst, S. (2016) 'Complementary and alternative therapies for management of odor in malignant fun gating wounds: a critical review'. 3 :51-57 [Details]
(2015) 'Debridement for Venous Leg Ulcers'
Gethin, G., Kolbach, D., Cowman, S., (2015) 'Debridement for Venous Leg Ulcers'. Cochrane Database Of Systematic Reviews, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Mupirocin resistance. Clinical Implications and potential alternatives for the eradication of MRSA'
Poovelikunnel, Toney; Gethin, Georgina; Humphreys, Hilary (2015) 'Mupirocin resistance. Clinical Implications and potential alternatives for the eradication of MRSA'. Journal Of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, ePub [Details]
(2015) 'Heterogeneity of wound outcome measures in RCTs of treatments for VLUs: A systematic review'
Gethin G, Killeen F, Devane D (2015) 'Heterogeneity of wound outcome measures in RCTs of treatments for VLUs: A systematic review'. Journal Of Wound Care, 24 (5):11-228 [Details]
(2011) 'The dissemination of wound management guidelines: a national survey'
Gethin, G,McIntosh, C,Cundell, J (2011) 'The dissemination of wound management guidelines: a national survey'. Journal of wound care, 20 [Details]
(2015) 'Defining outcomes in wound care - the need for consensus'
Gethin, G (2015) 'Defining outcomes in wound care - the need for consensus'. Journal Of Wound Care, 24 (2):51-51 [Details]
(2014) 'Current practice in the management of wound odour: An international survey'
Gethin, G,Grocott, P,Probst, S,Clarke, E (2014) 'Current practice in the management of wound odour: An international survey'. International Journal Of Nursing Studies, 51 :865-874 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'EWMA Document: Home Care Wound Care Overview Challenges and perspectives'
Probst, S., Sappenen, S., Gerber, V., Hopkins, A., Rimdeika, R., Gethin, G. (2014) 'EWMA Document: Home Care Wound Care Overview Challenges and perspectives'. Journal Of Wound Care, 23 (5):S1-S44 [Details]
(2014) 'Book Review'
Gethin, G. (2014) 'Book Review'. EWMA Journal, 14 (2):100-100 [Details]
(2014) 'R.I.S.E. for the prevention of pressure ulcers'
Gethin, G.; McIntosh, C. (2014) 'R.I.S.E. for the prevention of pressure ulcers'. EWMA Journal, 14 (2):52-54 [Details]
(2013) 'How are topical opioids used to manage painful cutaneous lesions in palliative care? A critical review'
Graham, T., Crocott, P., Probst, S., Wanklyn, S., Dawson, J., Gethin, G. (2013) 'How are topical opioids used to manage painful cutaneous lesions in palliative care? A critical review'. Pain, [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Elective surgery: a comparison of in-patient versus day surgery practices in Ireland'
Meshkat B, Cowman S, Gethin G, Higgins P, Ryan K, Mulligan E (2013) 'Elective surgery: a comparison of in-patient versus day surgery practices in Ireland'. Ir J Med Sci, 182 (2):267-275 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Malignant wound management in advanced illness: new insights'
Grocott P, Gethin G, Probst S (2013) 'Malignant wound management in advanced illness: new insights'. Current opinion in supportive and palliative care, 7 (1):101-105 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Elective surgery; a comparison of in-patient versus day surgery practice in Ireland'
Meshkat, B., Cowman, S., Gethin, G., Higgins, P., Ryan, K., Mulligan, E. (2012) 'Elective surgery; a comparison of in-patient versus day surgery practice in Ireland'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, ePub [Details]
(2012) 'Understanding the inflammatory process in wound healing'
Gethin, G. (2012) 'Understanding the inflammatory process in wound healing'. British Journal Of Community Nursing, :17-22 [Details]
(2012) 'An international eDelphi study identifying the research and education priorities in wound management and tissue repair'
Cowman S, Gethin G, Clarke E, Moore Z, Craig G, Jordan-O'Brien J, McLain N, Strapp H (2012) 'An international eDelphi study identifying the research and education priorities in wound management and tissue repair'. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 21 (3-4):344-353 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Understanding data; an introduction to critical appraisal'
Gethin G (2012) 'Understanding data; an introduction to critical appraisal'. Acta medica Croatica : casopis Hravatske akademije medicinskih znanosti, 66 Suppl 1 :147-151 [Details]
(2012) 'Understanding the inflammatory process in wound healing'
Gethin G (2012) 'Understanding the inflammatory process in wound healing'. Commun, Suppl :1-1 [Details]
(2012) 'Prevalence of lymphoedema and quality of life among patients attending a hospital-based wound management and vascular clinic'
Gethin, G., Byrne, D., Tierney, S., Strapp, H. and Cowman, S. (2012) 'Prevalence of lymphoedema and quality of life among patients attending a hospital-based wound management and vascular clinic'. International wound journal, 9 (2):120-125 [Details]
(2012) 'An International eDelphi study identifying the research and education priorities in wound management and tissue repair'
•Cowman, S., Gethin, G., Clarke, E., Moore, Z., Craig, G., Jordan – O’Brien, J., McLain, N. & Strapp, H. (2012) 'An International eDelphi study identifying the research and education priorities in wound management and tissue repair'. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 21 (3):344-353 [Details]
(2011) 'The dissemination of wound management guidelines: a national survey'
Gethin G, McIntosh C, Cundell J (2011) 'The dissemination of wound management guidelines: a national survey'. Journal of wound care, 20 (7):1-5 [Details]
(2011) 'The role of antiseptics in pressure ulcer management'
Gethin G (2011) 'The role of antiseptics in pressure ulcer management'. Stand, 26 (7):53-60 [Details]
(2011) 'The dissemination of wound management guidelines: a national survey'
Gethin G. McIntosh C. Cundell J (2011) 'The dissemination of wound management guidelines: a national survey'. Journal of Wound Care, 20 (7):340-345 [Details]
(2011) 'Management of malodour in palliative care'
Gethin, G. (2011) 'Management of malodour in palliative care'. Nursing Standard, 26 (7):53-60 [Details]
(2011) 'Management of malodour in palliative care'
Gethin, G. (2011) 'Management of malodour in palliative care'. British Journal Of Community Nursing, :S28-S36 [Details]
(2010) 'National survey of the provision of day surgery across public and private hospitals in Ireland'
Cowman, S., Gethin, G., Mulligan, E., Ryan, K. & Meshkat, B. (2010) 'National survey of the provision of day surgery across public and private hospitals in Ireland'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, 179 (4):493-499 [Details]
(2010) 'Disseminating wound care guidelines: lessons from the literature'
Gethin G (2010) 'Disseminating wound care guidelines: lessons from the literature'. Commun, Suppl :1-7 [Details]
(2010) 'Comparison of the antimicrobial activity of Ulmo honey from Chile and Manuka honey against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa'
Sherlock O, Dolan A, Athman R, Power A, Gethin G, Cowman S, Humphreys H (2010) 'Comparison of the antimicrobial activity of Ulmo honey from Chile and Manuka honey against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa'. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 10 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Randomized controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis of silver-donating antimicrobial dressings for venous leg ulcers (VULCAN trial) (Br J Surg 2009; 96: 1147-1156)'
White R, Cutting K, Ousey K, Butcher M, Gray D, Flanagan M, Donnelly J, McIntosh C, Kingsley A, Fletcher J, Chadwick P, Gethin G, Beldon P (2010) 'Randomized controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis of silver-donating antimicrobial dressings for venous leg ulcers (VULCAN trial) (Br J Surg 2009; 96: 1147-1156)'. Br J Surg, 97 (3):459-41 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Can 'search and destroy' reduce nosocomial methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an Irish hospital?'
Higgins A, Lynch M, Gethin G (2010) 'Can 'search and destroy' reduce nosocomial methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an Irish hospital?'. J Hosp Infect, 75 (2):120-123 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'National survey of the provision of day surgery across public and private hospitals in Ireland'
Cowman S, Gethin G, Mulligan E, Ryan K, Meshkat B (2010) 'National survey of the provision of day surgery across public and private hospitals in Ireland'. Ir J Med Sci, 179 (4):493-499 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'The lived experience of community nurses treating clients with leg ulcers'
Walsh E, Gethin G (2009) 'The lived experience of community nurses treating clients with leg ulcers'. Commun, 14 (9):1-9 [Details]
(2009) 'Occlusive dressings and gauze dressings did not differ for healing open wounds in surgical patients'
Gethin G (2009) 'Occlusive dressings and gauze dressings did not differ for healing open wounds in surgical patients'. Evidence-based nursing, 12 (2) [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Manuka honey vs. hydrogel--a prospective, open label, multicentre, randomised controlled trial to compare desloughing efficacy and healing outcomes in venous ulcers'
Gethin G, Cowman S (2009) 'Manuka honey vs. hydrogel--a prospective, open label, multicentre, randomised controlled trial to compare desloughing efficacy and healing outcomes in venous ulcers'. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 18 (3):466-474 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Specialist care was important for helping patients with cancer to live positively with malignant fungating wounds'
Gethin G (2009) 'Specialist care was important for helping patients with cancer to live positively with malignant fungating wounds'. Evidence-based nursing, 12 (3) [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Prevalence of wounds in a community care setting in Ireland'
McDermott-Scales L, Cowman S, Gethin G (2009) 'Prevalence of wounds in a community care setting in Ireland'. Journal of wound care, 18 (10):405-417 [Details]
(2009) 'Review: compression was effective for healing venous ulcers, and multicomponent systems were better than single-component ones'
Gethin G (2009) 'Review: compression was effective for healing venous ulcers, and multicomponent systems were better than single-component ones'. Evidence-based nursing, 12 (4) [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Use of the AGREE tool will improve guideline implementation'
Gethin G (2009) 'Use of the AGREE tool will improve guideline implementation'. Journal of wound care, 18 (1) [Details]
(2008) 'Bacteriological changes in sloughy venous leg ulcers treated with manuka honey or hydrogel: an RCT'
Gethin G, Cowman S (2008) 'Bacteriological changes in sloughy venous leg ulcers treated with manuka honey or hydrogel: an RCT'. Journal of wound care, 17 (6):241-21 [Details]
(2008) 'Commentary on Bardy J, Slevin NJ, Mais KL & Molassiotis A (2008) A systematic review of honey uses and its potential value within oncology care. Journal of Clinical Nursing 17, 2604-2623'
Gethin G (2008) 'Commentary on Bardy J, Slevin NJ, Mais KL & Molassiotis A (2008) A systematic review of honey uses and its potential value within oncology care. Journal of Clinical Nursing 17, 2604-2623'. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 17 (19):2661-2664 [DOI] [Details]
(2006) 'Wound measurement comparing the use of acetate tracings and Visitrak digital planimetry'
Gethin G, Cowman S (2006) 'Wound measurement comparing the use of acetate tracings and Visitrak digital planimetry'. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 15 (4):422-427 [DOI] [Details]
(2005) 'Estimating costs of pressure area management based on a survey of ulcer care in one Irish hospital'
Gethin G, Jordan-O'Brien J, Moore Z (2005) 'Estimating costs of pressure area management based on a survey of ulcer care in one Irish hospital'. Journal of wound care, 14 (4):162-165 [Details]
(2005) 'Case series of use of Manuka honey in leg ulceration'
Gethin G, Cowman S (2005) 'Case series of use of Manuka honey in leg ulceration'. International wound journal, 2 (1):10-15 [DOI] [Details]
(2004) 'Is there enough clinical evidence to use honey to manage wounds?'
Gethin G (2004) 'Is there enough clinical evidence to use honey to manage wounds?'. Journal of wound care, 13 (7):275-278 [Details]
(2002) 'Patient compliance and chronic wounds'
Gethin G (2002) 'Patient compliance and chronic wounds'. Nursing times, 98 (14):60-62 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Skin problems in palliative care: Nursing Aspects'
Grocott, P., Probst, S., Gethin, G. (2015) 'Skin problems in palliative care: Nursing Aspects' In: Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care. London: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2009) 'Efficacy of honey as a debriding and pH modulating agent'
Gethin, G (2009) 'Efficacy of honey as a debriding and pH modulating agent' In: Honey in Modern Wound Management. Aberdeen: Wounds UK. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2015) Conference of European Wound Management Association
Gethin G (2015) Core outcome sets in VLU: identifying the need and future directions Conference of European Wound Management Association London, , 13-MAY-15 - 15-MAY-15 [Details]
(2014) 1st Transatlantic wound Science and Podiatric Medicine Conference
Gethin, G. (2014) Is healing the only outcome 1st Transatlantic wound Science and Podiatric Medicine Conference [Details]
(2014) EWMA Conference
Gethin G (2014) Patient Perspectives and Patient Rights EWMA Conference Madrid, Spain, , 14-MAY-14 - 16-MAY-14 [Details]
(2014) European Society of Surgical Oncology and British Association for surgical Oncology
gethin G (2014) Normal Wound Healing an overview European Society of Surgical Oncology and British Association for surgical Oncology Liverpool, , 29-OCT-14 - 31-OCT-14 [Details]
(2014) EWMA Conference
Gethin, G (2014) What is best practice in home care? . In: EWMA eds. EWMA Conference Madrid, Spain, , 14-MAY-14 - 16-MAY-14 [Details]
(2014) 1V COMET
Gethin, G. Killeen, F., Devane, D. (2014) Heterogeneity of wound bed outcome measures in RCTs of VLU: A systematic Review 1V COMET Rome, , 19-NOV-14 - 20-NOV-14 [Details]
(2013) European Wound Management Association
Gethin, G (2013) Symptom management in palliative wound care . In: EWMA eds. European Wound Management Association Copenhagen, , 14-MAY-13 - 17-MAY-13 [Details]
(2013) Wound Management Association of Ireland
Gethin G (2013) Palliative wound care and the concept of skin failure . In: WMAI eds. Wound Management Association of Ireland Cork, , 01-OCT-13 - 02-OCT-13 [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2011) Dissemination of Wound Care Guidelines- A national survey. 16th European Wound Management Conference.
Gethin, G. McIntosh, C. Cundell, J (2011) Dissemination of Wound Care Guidelines- A national survey. 16th European Wound Management Conference. Conference Paper [Details]

Conference Poster

  Year Publication
(2010) Dissemination of Wound Care Guidelines- A national survey. Wound UK Conference.
Gethin, G. McIntosh, C. Cundell, J (2010) Dissemination of Wound Care Guidelines- A national survey. Wound UK Conference. Conference Poster [Details]

Letter

  Year Publication
(2010) Randomized controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis of silver-donating antimicrobial dressings for venous leg ulcers (VULCAN trial) (Br J Surg 2009; 96: 1147-1156).
White, R,Cutting, K,Ousey, K,Butcher, M,Gray, D,Flanagan, M,Donnelly, J,McIntosh, C,Kingsley, A,Fletcher, J,Chadwick, P,Gethin, G,Beldon, P (2010) Randomized controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis of silver-donating antimicrobial dressings for venous leg ulcers (VULCAN trial) (Br J Surg 2009; 96: 1147-1156). Letter [DOI] [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2013) How are topical opioids used to manage painful cutaneous lesions in palliative care? A critical review.
Graham, T,Grocott, P,Probst, S,Wanklyn, S,Dawson, J,Gethin, G (2013) How are topical opioids used to manage painful cutaneous lesions in palliative care? A critical review. Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
World Alliance for Wound and Lymphoedema Care Council Member 01-MAY-14 / 01-MAY-18
International Wound Infection Institute Council Member /
Wound Management Association of Ireland Treasurer /
European Wound Management Association Council Member 25-MAY-12 / 22-MAY-17

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
National Wound Management Guidelines Unit Lead 01-JAN-16 / 01-MAY-17
School Board Chair 01-JAN-16 / 30-OCT-19
School executive Chair 01-JAN-16 / 30-OCT-19
CMNHS executive Executive member 01-JAN-16 / 01-NOV-19
Recruitment Chair 02-SEP-13 / 07-SEP-15
Teaching and Learning Chair 02-SEP-13 / 07-SEP-15

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Head of School 01-OCT-16 / 01-NOV-19
NUI Galway Senior Lecturer 01-MAR-13 / 01-OCT-16
RCSI Lecturer and Director of Nursing Research 01-OCT-11 / 28-FEB-13

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2007 RCSI PhD Wound Management
2016 NUI Galway Msc Clinical Research

Other Activities

  Description

Council member of the European Wound Management Association

Teaching Interests

Research methods
Evidence Based practice
Wound Care Management

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2016 Toney Thomas PhD

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Noreen Goonan Doctorate - Structured PhD (Nursing & Midwifery) Supervisor
Paula Flanagan Doctorate - Structured PhD (Nursing & Midwifery) Supervisor
Aisling Flanagan Doctorate - Structured PhD (Nursing & Midwifery) Supervisor
Justin Kerr Doctorate - Structured PhD (Nursing & Midwifery) Supervisor

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2016/2017 Management of venous leg ulceration NU6104 Wound healing
2016/2017 Principles and practice of Clinical Nursing NU 185
2016/2017 Management of diabetic foot disease PO5101 wound healing
2015/2016 Research in Practice Nu1104 Research
2015/2016 Research Methods 2 NU333 Research Methods
2013-2014 MSc Advanced wound care
2013-2014 Research methods year 2 reserach methods
2016/2017 Advanced wound care management NU438 Wound healing
2015/2016 Using Research in Practice NU621 Research
2013-2014 MSc Developing practice
2015/2016 Research Methods NU333 Research

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Dr Ger O Connor
Temperature measurement in chronic wounds
Internal Collaborators
Prof. Caroline McIntoshProf. Declan Devane Prof Tim O'BrienDr. Sean Dineen

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
External Collaborators
Dr. Sebastian Probst, Zurich University, SwitzerlandDr. Patricia Grocott, King's College LondonProf. Seamus Cowman, RCSI, Ireland.