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Updated Research Priorities Identified for Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Treatment & Policy

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has updated their previously published Research Priorities for Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Treatment & Policy. The Research Committee compiled this list to help guide researchers and stakeholders in the advancement of science for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers and to guide policy development.  To review the priorities please see below: Etiology Effects of compressive and shear stress and deformation on soft tissue injury associated with DTI and pressure ulcers Generation of fundamental knowledge on … Read More…

2014 World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2014 Washington, DC – According to the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines; “Pressure Ulcers increase hospital costs significantly. In the US, pressure ulcer care is estimated to approach $11 billion (USD) annually, with a cost of between $500 (USD) and $70,000 (USD) per individual pressure ulcer.”1 The NPUAP defines a pressure ulcer as: “Localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, … Read More…

Now Available: New 2014 International Pressure Ulcer Guidelines!

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announces the release of the 2014 Guideline on Prevention and Treatment for Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. The NPUAP is pleased to join our international colleagues on the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA) in releasing the second edition of this prolific research work. The Guideline was developed using a rigorous scientific methodology to appraise available research and make 575 evidence-based recommendations. In this second … Read More…

NPUAP announces a productive winter meeting February 28-March 1, 2014

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) came together in Baltimore, MD on February 28-March 1 following a very successful Conference February 27 entitled The Unavoidable Outcome: A Pressure Injury Consensus Conference.  Over 65 members participated in the Panel Meeting, representing all facets of patient care and advocacy.  Attendees were hopeful but guarded about the present healthcare environment.  President Aimée Garcia welcomed the Panel members and announced the incoming Officers of NPUAP: President: Margaret Goldberg, RN, MSN, CWOCN Vice President: … Read More…

Pressure Ulcer Incidence Density as a Quality Measure

Incidence density is the best quality measure of pressure ulcer prevention programs, according to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP).  Pressure ulcer incidence density is a computation based on the number of in-patients who develop a new pressure ulcer(s) divided by 1000 patient days.  Using the larger denominator of patient days allows  fair comparisons between institutions of all sizes. Incidence is a commonly reported measure; however it is computed by counting the number of patients with newly acquired pressure … Read More…

NPUAP Announces New Pressure Ulcer Registry

The NPUAP Conference The Unavoidable Outcome: A Pressure Injury Consensus Conference, held on February 27 at Johns Hopkins University, included over 250 participants representing multiple countries and 25 stakeholder organizations from around the world, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Rigorous discussion of consensus items based on the State of the Science document provided to attendees concluded with consensus on many important factors related to unavoidable pressure ulcers.  These items will provide the foundation for the NPUAP’s … Read More…

Updated RN Competency-Based Curriculum

NPUAP is proud to announce that the original Registered Nurse Competency-Based Curriculum that was released in 2009 has been updated. For more information about the Curriculum and to access the document please click HERE .

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day – November 21, 2013

Please join the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) in the promotion of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day on November 21, 2013!  To download the NPUAP PU Prevention Day sign please click HERE .

Research Priorities Identified for Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Treatment & Policy

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has identified Research Priorities for Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Treatment & Policy. The Research Committee compiled this list to help guide researchers and stakeholders in the advancement of science for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers and to guide policy development.  To review the priorities please see below: HIGH RESEARCH PRIORITY – Cost of Pressure Ulcer Care in the United States Prevention Co-morbidities,  age (neonate, children, adults, older adults), disparities, genetic influences and  … Read More…

NPUAP announces the conclusion of its Biennial Conference, February 22-23, 2013 in The Woodlands (Houston), TX

March 8, 2013 The 13th NPUAP International Biennial Conference “Deep Tissue Injury: State of the Science” included over 400 participants representing 14 countries. The 2-day program focused on the clinical, basic science and translational endeavors representing all facets of pressure ulcer diagnosis and treatment. A parallel track engaged clinicians and thought leaders in consensus building designed to codify what is known about deep tissue injury as well as identifying issues that should receive attention. The awards banquet highlighted the work … Read More…