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.

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.