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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, or pressure in combination with shear.”

“Pressure Ulcers are a frequently occurring health problem throughout the world.  They are painful, costly, and an often preventable complication for which many individuals are at risk,” as stated in the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is proud to announce that World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to be celebrated in 2015 on November 19th.  This date being the third Thursday in the month of November for 2015.  Moving forward each year the third Thursday of November will be designated for this public awareness.  The objective of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to increase national awareness for pressure ulcer prevention and to educate the public on this topic.  NPUAP has developed an extensive media materials package appropriate for all healthcare settings and organizations, to download this free material visit: http://www.npuap.org/resources/educational-and-clinical-resources/2015-world-wide-pressure-ulcer-prevention-day/ 

Seeking to make this year’s event large and visible to the public, the NPUAP welcomes the support of organizations and corporate partners who wish to affiliate with this significant  activity.

On this date in November, in honor of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, the NPUAP is pleased to offer a free webinar, hosted by NPUAP Director Dr. Jeffrey Levine, titled “History of Pressure Ulcers & Wound Care: Past, Present and Future.”  For more information about this webinar and to register visit: www.npuap.org

The National Pressure Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is an independent, not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.  Formed in 1987, the NPUAP Board of Directors is composed of leading experts from different health care disciplines—all of whom share a commitment to the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.  The NPUAP serves as a resource to health care professionals, government, the public, and health care agencies; and welcomes and encourages the participation of those interested in pressure ulcer issues through utilization of NPUAP educational materials, participation at national conferences, and support of efforts in public policy, education and research.

Find more information on NPUAP’s goals and activities on our website at www.npuap.org or contact us at npuap@npuap.org.

  1. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.) Cambridge Media; Osborne Park, Western Australia; 2014.

2015 NPUAP Biennial Conference Award Winners

2015 Biennial Award Winners

NPUAP Immediate Past President Margaret Goldberg (far left) and current President Mary Sieggreen (far right) pose with Drs. Diane Langemo, Janet Cuddigan and Joyce Black, recipients of the Kosiak Award, President’s Recognition Award and Thomas Stewart Founder’s Award during the 2015 NPUAP Biennial Conference in Orlando, FL.

2015 Kosiak Award Winner:

Diane Langemo, PhD, RN FAAN
University of North Dakota

2015 Thomas Stewart Founder’s Award Winner:

Joyce Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
University of Nebraska Medical Center

President’s Recognition Award Winner:

Janet Cuddigan, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
University of Nebraska Medical Center

For descriptions of these awards and the list of past award winners please visit our Awards page.

2015 Poster Award Winners

New Investigator Award: #41 Prevention and Staging of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Nurses’ Knowledge in the Community Hospital Setting
Authors:
 Cindy Barefield, BSN, RN-BC, CWOCN, Kathy Arthurs MSN, RN-BC, RNC-OB, Lenora Chao PT, DPT, CWS

Contribution to the Field Award: #33 Pressure Mapping of Hospital Recliners and Select Seating Surfaces in Healthy Adults 
Authors: Stephanie Slayton, PT, DPT, CWS, Paula Morris, PT, DPT, Jason Brinkley, PhD

First Time Presenter: #39 The Efficacy of Goodmark Medical’s Solution Using the BAM Labs® Smart Bed Technology™ in the prevention of Pressure Ulcers
Authors: Jeff A. Beaty, D.H.Ed., Timothy Sauer, Ph.D.

New Investigator

Cindy Barefield (left) accepts the New Investigator Award from NPUAP Director Michelle Deppisch (right).

Contribution to Field

Stephanie Slayton (left) accepts the Contribution to the Field Award from NPUAP Director Michelle Deppisch (right).

First Time Presenter

Jen Alford (left) accepts the First Time Presenter Award on behalf of her colleagues from NPUAP Director Michelle Deppisch (right).

 

 

 

 

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 the etiology of pressure ulcer formation and deep tissue injury; precise mechanisms by which damage occurs

Mechanical properties and thresholds of adipose tissue

Role of microclimate in the etiology of pressure ulcers and the characteristics of an optimal microclimate

Role of occlusion of lymphatic vessels in pressure ulcer development

Risk Assessment & Early Detection

Biophysical and biochemical markers as targets for pressure ulcer screening

Development of risk assessment tools that incorporate new research on factors associated with pressure ulcer risk

Investigation of being at risk for pressure ulcers among individual groups; co-morbidities, age (neonate, children, adults, older adults), disparities, genetic influences and other risk factors related to the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers and DTI across settings (acute, OR, community acquired); including SCI, bariatrics and End of Life

Potentially unavoidable nature of some pressure ulcers

Prevention

Effectiveness of support surface bottoming out detection methods

Effectiveness of matching heel elevation strategies for pressure ulcer prevention with specific individual’s characteristics (duration and level of immobility, frequency and force of leg movement)

Effectiveness of repositioning regimens for pressure ulcer prevention, in combination with support surfaces in bed; consideration of seated population, outcomes related to use of seat cushions and repositioning regimes

Effects of microenvironment (sanitation, microclimate, microbiology) on incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers and DTI

Effects of nutritional interventions in the prevention of pressure ulcers and DTI; role of energy, protein, multivitamin and arginine supplementation

Evaluate use of natural sheepskin for pressure ulcer prevention

Frequency of occurrence, risk factors and prevention of pressure ulcers during surgery; incidence as outcome

Frequency of occurrence, risk factors and prevention of pressure ulcers in the Emergency Department (ED); linked to incidence as outcome

Patient literacy and teaching about prevention or treatment

Prevalence and incidence of pressure ulcers and DTI associated with the use of medical devices

Selection of support surfaces for prevention of pressure ulcers based on assessment of patient clinical characteristics and support surface characteristics; in particular populations such as pediatrics, bariatrics, SCI

Use of prophylactic dressings for pressure ulcer prevention

Treatment

Assessment and management of pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies associated with pressure ulcer pain Time to healing in pressure ulcers (is there a time frame such as exists with diabetic foot ulcers and venous ulcers? i.e. 50% closure in 4 weeks?)

Disparities, co-morbidities, age, genetics and risk factors related to pressure ulcer treatment outcomes

Effectiveness of phototherapy and laser therapy for pressure ulcer treatment with identification of appropriate target population

Effects of nutritional interventions on treatment outcomes of pressure ulcers

Effects of wound dressings on outcome of pressure ulcers

Outcomes effectiveness of support surfaces (features, components & categories) for treatment and healing of partial and full-thickness pressure ulcers

Potential for hyperbaric oxygen therapy for treatment of pressure ulcers

Role of bioburden and biofilms in the treatment and healing of pressure ulcers; best practice for preventing, diagnosing and eradicating biofilm; impact of antibiotic resistant bacteria on healing of pressure ulcers

Role of electrical stimulation of the muscles of individuals with SCI in treatment of pressure ulcers

Role of traditional treatments and medicines as interventions in pressure ulcer treatment

Selection of support surfaces for treatment of pressure ulcers based on assessment of patient clinical characteristics and support surface characteristics; in particular populations such as pediatrics, bariatrics, SCI

Surgical solutions for treatment of pressure ulcers

Policy

Caregivers (physicians, nurses, family etc.) knowledge and interest in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment

Effective implementation of prevention and treatment guidelines

Impact of government regulations on pressure ulcer prevention and treatment; outcomes and cost-effectiveness

Implementation of and outcomes related to the standardization of terminology, tools, and outcomes, ie health care quality metrics

Nurse and physician communication linked to quality measures, patient teaching/literacy as well as disparity/racial groups

Pressure ulcer recurrence rates, consistency in what to call ulcers that recur at the same location/site, how to stage, when is it a new ulcer? When is it just remodeling gone astray?

Research into methods of cost/benefit calculations to be applied to compare efficacy of preventative and treatment models

Skills to design case/outcome studies as a decision aid for further research

Skills to design research studies with adequate power and controls to generate data that can be rigorously interpreted

Standardization of patient records and documentation to support research

Registration now open for the NPUAP 2015 Biennial Conference!

NPUAP is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s (NPUAP) 14th Biennial Conference, New International Pressure Ulcer Guideline: Evidence & Implementation!

For more information about the conference and to register please visit: http://www.npuap.org/events/npuap-2015-national-biennial-conference/

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, or pressure in combination with shear.”

“Pressure Ulcers are a frequently occurring health problem throughout the world. They are painful, costly, and an often preventable complication for which many individuals are at risk,” as stated in the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is proud to announce that World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to be celebrated on November 20, 2014. The objective of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to increase national awareness for pressure ulcer prevention and to educate the public on this topic. NPUAP has developed an extensive media materials package appropriate for all healthcare settings and organizations. To download this free material visit: http://www.npuap.org/resources/educational-and-clinical-resources/2014-world-wide-pressure-ulcer-prevention-day/

Seeking to make this year’s event large and visible to the public, the NPUAP welcomes the support of organizations and corporate partners who wish to affiliate with this significant activity.

On November 20 at 2:00 PM Eastern, in honor of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, the NPUAP is pleased to offer a FREE webinar, hosted by Dr. Nancy Bergstrom, titled “Repositioning as a Pressure Ulcer Prevention Strategy: A Multi-site Clinical Trial.” Dr. Bergstrom will introduce findings from the TURN Study conducted at UT Health School of Nursing, where researchers looked at optimal frequency of patient repositioning for pressure ulcer prevention. Stay tuned at www.npuap.org for more information on how to register.

  1. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.) Cambridge Media; Osborne Park, Western Australia; 2014.

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 edition, a consensus voting process (GRADE) was used to assign strengths of recommendation that indicate the extent to which one can be confident that adherence to a recommendation will do more good than harm, intended to assist the health professional to prioritize interventions. We are pleased to make this guideline available (to clinicians, researchers, consumers and policy makers) through our website. http://www.npuap.org/resources/educational-and-clinical-resources/prevention-and-treatment-of-pressure-ulcers-clinical-practice-guideline/

This second edition of The Guideline combines prevention and treatment recommendations in one expanded guideline. This edition includes newly added sections on emerging fields of interest including:

  • Prevention and Treatment of Biofilms
  • Prophylactic Dressings
  • Microclimate Control
  • Medical-Device Related Pressure Ulcers
  • Prevention and Management of Heel Pressure Ulcers
  • Low Friction Fabrics

The Guideline includes updated recommendations and/or research summaries for the following pressure ulcer topics:

  • Etiology
  • Prevalence and Incidence
  • Risk Assessment
  • Skin and Tissue Assessment]
  • Preventive Skin Care
  • Prophylactic Dressings
  • Microclimate Control
  • Fabrics and Textiles
  • Nutrition
  • Repositioning and Early Mobilization
  • Support Surfaces
  • Medical Device Related Pressure Ulcers
  • Pressure Ulcer Classification
  • Wound Assessment
  • Monitoring of Healing
  • Pain Assessment and Treatment
  • Cleansing and Debridement
  • Wound Dressings
  • Assessment and Treatment of Infection and Biofilms
  • Biophysical Agents
  • Surgery

The Guideline also includes the NPUAP/EPUAP International Pressure Ulcer Classification system, complete with full Category/Stage descriptions and illustrative photography.

The NPUAP invites you to the 2015 Biennial Conference: February 21-22 at the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, FL for a more comprehensive understanding of the science and implementation of this 2014 Guideline on Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline.

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: Laura Edberg, PhD
  • Secretary: Lynn Moore, RD, LD
  • Treasurer: Mary Sieggreen, MSN, CNS, NP, CVN

The Panel reviewed the organization’s Strategic Plan and the reports and recent accomplishments of NPUAP’s three Mission Committees (Educational, Public Policy and Research), including increased collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and the National Quality Forum (NQF) and a very well attended Biennial Conference in Houston, Texas.

Looking to the future the Panel reported many initiatives including:

  • 2015 Biennial Conference: February 21-22, 2015 at the Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, FL.
  • Webinar Topics continue to evolve and have been successful.
  • White Papers:  Recidivism/Friction/Clinical Relevance Support Surface Standards are in preparation for publication.
  • World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, November 20, 2014:  A taskforce was formed to develop a creative plan for success.

More information on the initiatives listed above can be found the NPUAP website www.npuap.org.

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 ulcers and dividing that number  by the number of patients examined for pressure ulcers over a given period of time. Smaller facilities can appear to have a higher percentage of patients with ulcers because there are fewer patients in the denominator.  For example, 5 patients with ulcers out of  100 patients assessed equals a 5% incidence.  The same number of patients with ulcers (5) among 500 patients assessed is only 1%.  Using patient days as the denominator stabilizes the result. Many state reporting systems and hospital acquired conditions (e.g., CAUTI) currently use incidence density.

The facility or hospital  acquired pressure ulcer (FAPU or HAPU) rate counts a “new case of pressure ulcers” when an ulcer is identified and there is no documentation of the ulcer in the medical record at the time of admission.  NPUAP supports the use of this measure as a proxy measure of incidence for use within an agency, but recognizes the potential for errors in reporting due to reliance on the medical record. FAPU/HAPU rates can also be artificially inflated when individuals  with ulcers are counted more than once in sequential measurement.  For example, a  person with a pressure ulcer is counted each month as a new case. And finally, FAPU/HAPU rates do not account for the size of the facility.

Prevalence may sometimes be used as another measure of quality. Prevalence describes the number of  patients with pressure ulcers at a specific  time and includes both cases of pressure ulcers that began in the facility as well as  cases of pressure ulcers that existed before admission. Prevalence is best used to examine the burden of pressure ulcers for a facility when providing wound care staff and supplies. NPUAP does not support the use of prevalence as a quality measure because it includes cases of pressure ulcers that did not develop in the facility, therefore inflating the number.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has released the 254-page, 24 chapter  monograph, entitled Pressure Ulcers: Prevalence, Incidence and Implications for the Future.  It was authored by 27 experts from the NPUAP and invited specialists and edited by NPUAP Alum Barbara Pieper, PhD, RN, CWOCN, ACNS-BC, FAAN. This “must-have” reference book examines pressure ulcer prevalence and incidence and hospital acquired rates among all clinical settings and populations as well as the state of pressure ulcers in America over the last decade. Among the topics covered in the monograph are the effects of local and national efforts aimed at the reduction of pressure ulcer incidence and prevalence. This second edition includes new chapters on suspected deep tissue injury, intraoperatively acquired pressure ulcers and new evidence specific to medical device-related pressure ulcers. The focus was expanded beyond the United States to include international incidence and prevalence research.

The NPUAP’s previous monograph was published 10 years ago and has been a trusted reference worldwide. Now, building upon its success and the very latest in evidence-based practices, the NPUAP is proudly releasing a mew edition.  To purchase your copy of the monograph please click on the following link http://www.npuap.org/online-store/.

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 Pressure Ulcer Registry, the first database of its type to allow clinicians to input cases of pressure ulcers in an effort to provide statistically significant rigorous analysis of the variables associated with the development of unavoidable pressure ulcers.  Stay tuned at www.npuap.org for more information on this important Registry.

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.