Shear Force Slide set

The Shear Force Initiative was a joint venture between the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers (JSPU), clinicians and industry sponsored by Gaymar Industries, Inc (now Stryker),  The mission statement of the Initiative was to define, study, and measure shear and its effect on the various physiological, metabolic and physical characteristics that influence the assessment, prevention, treatment and development of pressure ulcers in order to improve patient management.  Shear as an etiology of pressure ulcers, remains an enigma to many professionals.  Knowing when it is present clinically and reducing shear in bedridden and chair-bound patients is an important aspect of pressure ulcer prevention.  The slide set provides definitions of shear with examples and what is currently known about shear and pressure ulcers.

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Suggested Shear Guidance

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