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Attorneys Agree: NPUAP’s New Staging System Does Not “Wound” Providers

Washington, D.C. [January 26, 2017] – In a recent article in The National Law Review by Michael Denning and Jessica Klaus of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s (NPUAP) new 2016 Pressure Injury Staging System is celebrated as “a much needed clarification for medical professionals.” The authors explain, “It is important that providers of pressure injury treatment take note of these recent changes and incorporate the new terminology and staging system into their diagnoses and treatment moving forward.” … Read More…

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Meets with CMS to Discuss Identification and Treatment of Pressure Injuries

PRESS CONTACT: Arafel Buzan, abuzan@douglasgould.com , 646-214-0514, ext. 219 Successful meeting brings together NPUAP’s pressure injury experts, CMS representatives Washington, D.C. [January 17, 2017] – Last week, The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), which serves as the leading scientific voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment, met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss their new 2016 Pressure Injury Staging System, initially launched in April 2016. The collaborative discussion between CMS and … Read More…

Governmental Agencies and Professional Organizations Support NPUAP’s Pressure Injury Staging System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2016 Governmental Agencies and Professional Organizations Support NPUAP’s Pressure Injury Staging System Washington, DC – The NPUAP revised the Pressure Injury Staging System following a consensus conference in April. The response to the changes has been positive. To date, The Joint Commission (TJC) has adopted the new terminology and CMS has been in discussions with the NPUAP to incorporate the new terminology. The rollout of the changes will be controlled by these agencies. The National … Read More…

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announces a change in terminology from pressure ulcer to pressure injury and updates the stages of pressure injury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2016 Washington, DC – The term “pressure injury” replaces “pressure ulcer” in the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Pressure Injury Staging Systemaccording to the NPUAP. The change in terminology more accurately describes pressure injuries to both intact and ulcerated skin. In the previous staging system Stage 1 and Deep Tissue Injury described injured intact skin, while the other stages described open ulcers. This led to confusion because the definitions for each of the stages referred … Read More…

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September  18, 2015 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…

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…