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The NPUAP serves as a resource to health care professionals, government, the public, and health care agencies.  The three mission committees of the NPUAP (Public Policy, Education, and Research) are active in a variety of endeavors including webinars, creation of a reference database, and a number of public policy initiatives.

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New Members Join the Board of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

PRESS CONTACT: Liz Posner, lposner@dougladgould.com, 646-214-0514, ext. 3

Washington, D.C. – June 21, 2017 – The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) recently announced six new director to its board of directorsScott Bolhack, Barbara Delmore, William Padula, Joyce Pittman, Ann Tescher and Tracy Yap were named to the board in 2017, joining the five additional standing directors.  New directors serve a three-year term on the board.

NPUAP’s board of directors leads the organization in its work as the nation’s leading scientific expert on pressure injury prevention and treatment.  “The NPUAP is honored to welcome our esteemed colleagues to join us as we strive to promote improved patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research,” Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN, NPUAP President.

The newest members of the board bring diverse professional expertise to the organization, including experience working in hospitals, nursing facilities, universities, and medical schools, and serving on journal editorial boards.

About the new board members:

scott-bolhackDr. Scott Bolhack is a certified medical director in long-term care and a certified wound specialist who has been providing clinical care in Tucson since 1992.  He is the Medical Director of the Wound Care Center in Northwest Hospital.  Bolhack is President and CEO of TLC HealthCare and a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona.  Bolhack has additional experience as a medical director for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices, and home health agencies.

 

 

 

barbara-delmoreDr. Barbara Delmore is a board certified wound care nurse and currently employed at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City as the Senior Nurse Scientist.  She has also serviced on several advisory boards, is the Wound Editor for the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) journal, and a board member for the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA), where she was recently awarded Master Status.

 

 

 

bill-padulaDr. William Padula is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.  His research explores problems in health economics and health services research with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality improvement of health systems.

 

 

 

 

joyce-pittmanDr. Joyce Pittman is the Wound/Ostomy Clinical Program Coordinator for the Indiana University Health Academic Health Center, a Level I Trauma Center of more than 1100 beds, providing expert clinical consultation regarding complex wound and ostomy management.  She has over 36 years of clinical experience as a RN, 17 years’ experience as a certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) nurse and 13 years as a Nurse Practitioner.  She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing and Deputy Editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing.

 

 

ann-tescherDr. Ann Tescher is a Certified Advanced Practice Nurse-Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Surgical/Trauma/CV Surgery ICU at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and has been in this position for 25 years.  She is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Mayo Medical School.  Tescher is a proud retired veteran of the US Navy Nurse Corps.

 

 

 

 

tracey-yapDr. Tracey Yap is an Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing and a Senior Fellow at the Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development.  She is committed to improving the care outcomes of older adults in long-term care settings, particularly with respect to prevention and management of common yet seemingly intractable geriatric conditions such as facility-acquired pressure injuries.

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About the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is the nation’s leading scientific expert on pressure injury prevention and treatment.  Our mission is to improve patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research.

 

NPUAP Announces Release of Educational Tools for Wound Care Providers

PRESS CONTACT: Liz Posner, lposner@douglasgould.com, 646-214-0514, ext. 3

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Washington, D.C. – June 15, 2017 – The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced bundle pricing of the new digital slide sets, designed to assist in the continuing education of health care professionals to prevent and treat pressure injuries.

Wound care providers working in acute care, post-acute care, home care agencies, and schools of nursing will benefit from the use of the slide sets. They include the 2016 Pressure Injury Staging System Teaching Slide Set and the Prevention of Pressure Injuries Slide Set, both available for $75 each, and the Treatment of Pressure Injuries Slide Set, available for $90. Buy all 3 for $199- a savings of over $40! All are instantly downloadable in PDF format at the NPUAP online store.

The Pressure Injury Staging System Teaching Slide Set is the result of the NPUAP 2016 Staging Consensus Conference. The Prevention of Pressure Injuries Slide Set and the Treatment of Pressure Injuries Slide Set are based on the current International Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline.

“The primary mission of the NPUAP is to improve patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment,” said NPUAP President Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN. “By incorporating the latest scientific evidence into the educational slide sets for teaching health care providers, the NPUAP is supporting its patient-focused mission.”

Wound care providers can find a number of other resources available on the NPUAP online store, including webinar recordings, books, and high-resolution photographs of sample wounds for educational purposes.

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About the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is the nation’s leading scientific expert on pressure injury prevention and treatment. Our goal is to insure improved patient health and to advance public policy, education, and research.

FREE NPUAP Live Webinar! Considerations for Bariatric Patients in Pressure Injuries & Wound Care

Please join us on Thursday, April 27 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET as NPUAP offers a FREE webinar presented by Susan Morello, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CBN.  Ms. Morello’s webinar, titled Considerations for Bariatric Patients in Pressure Injuries & Wound Care will examine the factors which have an impact on skin issues of the bariatric patient.  This webinar will also discuss prevention and treatment of skin injuries when caring for a bariatric patient and will also describe factors to be considered when selecting a support surface. seat cushion and/or specialty equipment for the bariatric patient.

This webinar is only open to the first 1,000 registrants so register today! 1 hour of multidisciplinary CE is also available.

For more information about this webinar and how to register please click HERE or visit: http://www.npuap.org/events/bariatrics-webinar/

If you are unable to attend the live webinar or are interested in viewing previous webinars that were presented in 2015 or 2016 please visit the following page to access the recordings and the handouts: http://www.npuap.org/resources/educational-and-clinical-resources/complimentary-educational-webinars/

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES THAT HAVE PROVIDED
SUPPORT FOR THIS WEBINAR!

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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.” As Denning and Klaus note, the new staging system has been updated to provide health care providers and professionals with a “clarifying staging system to better address the different types of skin wounds commonly seen by medical professionals.”

Created by leading scientific experts on pressure injuries, the new 2016 Pressure Injury Staging System will lead to more accurate and earlier diagnosis of pressure injuries, allow for more appropriate patient care, and decrease patient suffering. Widespread adoption of the new staging system will benefit medical and legal professionals alike, and the individuals they serve.

The decision to research and produce a new staging system was motivated by NPUAP’s deeply held belief that medical organizations must remain vigilant with analyzing and incorporating the latest in science into their systems. NPUAP’s Biennial Conference, which takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 10-11, 2017, will provide a forum for scientific discussion on the latest advancements in pressure injury treatment and diagnosis. The two-track conference will focus on skin changes at end of life, case study presentations, implementation of the 2016 Staging System and quality measures.

For more information on the conference and the new staging system, visit www.npuap.org.

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 NPUAP included the NPUAP’s 2016 Staging System, clarifying each stage based on recent research and expert clinical consensus, improving the accuracy of pressure injury staging, and further clarification of deep tissue pressure injuries. The NPUAP believes that the new system will allow health care providers to identify and treat pressure injuries earlier and more accurately.

The 2016 Pressure Injury Staging System is the combined result of extensive scientific research and collaboration with national and international providers. “For over three decades NPUAP has worked diligently to be able to bring the very best recommendations based on the most current science to bedside care,” shared Mary Sieggreen, President, NPUAP.

As a nonprofit organization with a primary focus on pressure injuries, NPUAP was careful that patient care was central to every step of the new staging system’s development. “Patient care starts with prevention and diagnosis,” shared Dr. Laura Edsberg, Treasurer, NPUAP, “health care providers rely on staging systems to diligently incorporate new scientific research so providers can give their patients the most effective care.”

NPUAP and CMS will continue to collaborate and share scientific expertise. In just a few weeks, a CMS representative will be speaking at NPUAP’s Biennial Conference, which takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 10-11, 2017. The two-track conference will focus on skin changes at end of life, case study presentations, implementation of the 2016 Staging System and quality measures.

About NPUAP

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is the nation’s leading scientific expert on pressure injury prevention and treatment. Our goal is to ensure improved patient health and to advance public policy, education, and research.

JAN 2 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT – NPUAP Biennial Conference!

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) invites you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at our 2017 Biennial Conference, Pressure Injury: Advancing the Vision, scheduled for March 10-11, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.

The deadline to submit abstracts is Monday, January 2, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the status of their abstract’s acceptance by January 17, 2017.

Please click on the following link to learn more and to submit your abstract: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017BiennialAbstracts

Please save the date:
NPUAP’s 2017 Biennial Conference
Pressure Injury: Advancing the Vision
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11, 2017
New Orleans, LA

To find out more about the Biennial Conference, please visit our website: http://www.npuap.org/events/2017-npuap-biennial-conference/

State Proclamations for Pressure Injury Awareness Day!

The NPUAP has been reaching out to each state requesting they declare the 3rd Thursday of every November as Pressure Injury Awareness Day. To date the following states have issued proclamations: Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington, DC and Wisconsin.

The various state proclamations can be found below:

 

 

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 Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) is also changing their materials to use the new terminology with changes to be in place by 2017. Changes to Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) and Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) are being explored. NPUAP is also working to introduce the changes into the ICD-11 payment codes.

In addition, the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society, the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapists (CAET), the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA) of Australia, the Hong Kong Enterostomal Nurses Association, the New Zealand Wound Care Society, the Wound Healing Society of Singapore, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have publicly endorsed the changes.

NPUAP recognizes that making changes in literature and electronic medical records is time consuming and costly. Because the changes to the 6 stages of pressure injury were changes only to title and wording – what was a stage II is still a stage 2 and the treatment has not changed – the changes within local facilities need not be made in a hurried manner. The pressure injury terminology changes can be made when routine updates of the policies, procedures and EMR documentation are done within institutions and organizations..

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel is a multidisciplinary group of experts in pressure injury. The NPUAP serves as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research. Contact NPUAP at npuap@npuap.org.

Clinician Scholarship Available to Attend the NPUAP S3I Meetings: Deadline Oct 1

The NPUAP Support Surface Standards Initiative (S3I) is pleased to offer a Clinical Scholarship to attend the S3I research meeting and provide a clinical perspective.

Please CLICK HERE for the Clinical Scholarship application. For more information about the Support Surface Standards Initiative and the NPUAP please visit: http://www.npuap.org/resources/support-surface-standards/support-surfaces-standards-initiative/.

The scholarship submission deadline is October 1, 2016.

WOCN Society and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Support New Staging System and Terminology

Please click HERE to view a letter of support regarding the new NPUAP staging system and terminology from WOCN Society’s President, Carolyn Watts, MSN, RN, CWOCN.

Please click HERE to view a letter of support of the new NPUAP staging system and terminology from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ President, Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND.