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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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Meeting of the International Pressure Ulcer Guideline Governance Group in Belfast, Ireland

Washington, D.C. – October 2, 2017– NPUAP participates in the first meeting of the 2019 International Pressure Ulcer Guideline Governance Group (GGG) on September 22-23, 2017. The GGG meeting was held immediately following the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) 2017 Annual Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

With a planned release date in late 2019, this international group is working to revise the current (2014) Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline.  The goal of this global coalition is to develop evidence based recommendations for the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries that can be used by health professionals throughout the world.

In attendance to represent the NPUAP were Janet Cuddigan, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (NPUAP Guideline Chair and Research Committee Chair); Dan Berlowitz, MD, MPH from Boston University and Bedford, MA VAMC        (NPUAP Past President and Alumnus); Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN President of CASE Software & Books (Current NPUAP President) and Joyce Pittman, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CWOCN from Indiana University Health, Academic Health Center (NPUAP Board Member).

NPUAP Guideline Chair, Janet Cuddigan stated:  “We look forward to working with our international partners, the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA), as we revise the international pressure ulcer/injury prevention and treatment guideline in order to translate the most current and rigorously analyzed research into evidence-based recommendations to improve pressure injury prevention and treatment throughout the world.

We have been very successful in disseminating previous versions of the guideline.  The 2014 Guideline was translated into 11 languages and downloaded over 150,000 times. In 2019, we will enhance both dissemination and implementation strategies. The 2019 Clinical Practice Guideline will be available in both printed and electronic formats.  Specific ‘clinical practice points’ will be included.  Implementation tools are being developed for a variety of settings.”

EPUAP is represented on the GGG by Jan Kottner, PhD from Charité-Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany (EPUAP Guideline Chair); Katrin Balzer, PhD from the University of Lubeck in Germany (EPUAP Guideline Co-Chair and Trustee); Zena Moore, PhD, MSc from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (EPUAP Trustee) and Dominique Sigaudo-Roussel, PhD from the University of Lyon in France (EPUAP Trustee).

PPPIA is represented by Keryln Carville, PhD, RN from Silver Chain Group and Curtin University in Western Australia (PPPIA Guideline Chair); Chang Yee, Nurse Clinician and Wound Specialist from Singapore General Hospital; Siu Ming Susan Law, BSCN, MScN, RN, RM, ET from Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong and Pamela Mitchell, MN, RN, PGDipWHTR, From Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand.

Emily Haesler, PhD from Curtin University, LaTrobe University and the Australian National University serves as the Guideline Methodologist.

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How can you participate in the process? For the first time, Associate Organizations are being invited to participate. See http://internationalguideline.com/statements#invitation for additional information.  NPUAP will send out a call for Small Working Group member applications in mid-October.  International stakeholder chapter reviews will begin in June 2019.  You can register as a stakeholder at http://internationalguideline.com.  We encourage everyone’s involvement!

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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.

Submit an Abstract for the NPUAP 2018 Annual Conference!

The NPUAP invites you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at our 2018 Annual Conference, scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, 2018 at the AIRA Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

The deadline to submit abstracts is Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Applicants will be notified of the status of their abstract’s acceptance by November 10, 2017.

Please click on the following link to learn more and to submit your abstract: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018NPUAPConfAbstracts

Please save the date!
NPUAP’s 2018 Annual Conference
March 2-3, 2018
ARIA Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

To find out more about the 2018 Annual Conference please visit: http://www.npuap.org/events/npuap-2018-annual-conference/

S3I Subcommittee of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Approves New Standards Tests to Prevent Pressure Injuries

Press Contact: Liz Posner, lposner@douglasgould.com, 646-214-0514, ext 3 

Washington, D.C. – June 26, 2017 – The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced the convening of its subcommittee, the Support Surface Standards Initiative (S3I), this spring to approve new standards tests that may help prevent pressure injuries in bed-bound individuals.

The S3I subcommittee, comprised of 43 medical professionals across various sectors, met April 20-21 in Salt Lake City. S3I approved four new standards tests and submitted them to the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America and the American National Standards Institute (RESNA/ANSI). These standards tests include the areas of microclimate management, envelopment/immersion, and sliding resistance/friction. If RESNA/ANSI votes to approve these standards tests, they will become national standards.

Founded in 2001 as a three-year project to fill the need for performance and reporting standards, S3I was tasked with development of uniform terminology, test methods and reporting standards for support surfaces. After formally affiliating with ANSI/RESNA in 2011, S3I became the official standards body for support surfaces in the United States. NPUAP made S3I a continuing subcommittee so it could continue its ongoing work implementing appropriate standards. Its work is a vital part of NPUAP, whose goal is to improve industry understanding of the importance of the support surface body interface, and provide the tools necessary to improve the quality of life and the ultimate outcome for patients who are bed-bound. The next S3I meeting is scheduled for October 2017.  

“These Standards provide the opportunity to refine measurements of microclimate performed on complex care support surfaces (mattresses), and for the first time, the ability to measure envelopment, which is one of the most critical elements of force redistribution. The last of these new standards gives us the ability to measure the forces a support surface applies to the tissue of an occupant as they move on or through the surface after the Head of Bed is elevated. This shear type force is of particular interest when working with patients at significant risk of pressure injury to the sacral region.  e are also very excited that the updated list of Terms and Definitions is well underway.” Evan Call, MS, CSM, co-chair of S3I.

Other recent S3I initiatives include its scholarship program, which awards two wound care providers with travel funds to represent the organization at technical and engineering conferences in the health trade. This year’s two scholarship winners were Jane Arndt, MS, RN, CWOCN, ACNS-BC and Ruth Wilson Iliuta, RN, CSN-BC, CWOCN.

“I believe the bed is a central part of the patient experience and we need to work to make it as safe and comfortable as we can for our patients,” said Arndt. “Being a part of S3I gives me a chance to learn what the engineers who build the support surfaces for our beds look at when developing tests for the surfaces. I am very grateful to have received a scholarship from NPUAP to attend these meetings! I think I will be able to contribute to the science that helps clinicians choose support surfaces.”

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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.

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: