NPUAP Congratulates the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the Release of VA PUR

Washington, D.C. – December 14, 2017 – The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) commends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the development and release of an innovative mobile app for Veterans and caregivers working to prevent and treat pressure injuries.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released the VA Pressure Ulcer/Injury Resource app (VA PUR). VA PUR helps Veterans and their caregivers learn about preventing and caring for existing pressure ulcers/injuries and provides links to tools which assist Veterans and caregivers in managing their health with the use of their mobile device.

VA PUR is unique in the mobile health (mHealth) market and is the only VA-developed app for pressure ulcer/injury prevention with tools for both Veterans and their caregivers. Veterans and their caregivers can create journal entries to track pressure ulcers/injuries and set up regular reminders to move, eat, and take medications. The app’s educational component helps users learn about preventing pressure ulcers/injuries, exercise, nutrition, coping with stress and managing pain. Other unique features of VA PUR include videos to learn about skin care, repositioning and how to safely transfer from bed-to-wheelchair and wheelchair-to-bed. VA PUR is a valuable mobile patient-education tool which can be used in the home and in all practice settings.

VA PUR is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. To learn more about VA PUR, access training materials at https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-pressure-ulcer-resource.

“This is a wonderful example of translational research at its finest.  The VA has accurately and artfully translated best evidence in pressure injury care and made it readily accessible to Veterans and caregivers” noted Janet Cuddigan, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN (Chair, NPUAP Research Committee).  According to Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN (President, NPUAP), “The VA PUR is a wonderful innovation that will have a profound effect on our shared goal of improving patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment.”

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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.