Why the NPUAP?

The NPUAP is uniquely suited to coordinate the development of support surface test methods because it is viewed as the authority on pressure ulcer care in the U.S. The NPUAP is an independent, not-for-profit organization comprised of leading professionals representing various disciplines, all of who share a commitment to the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. As an independent authority on pressure ulcer care in the U.S., the NPUAP can coordinate a committee comprised of researchers, clinicians, policy-makers and manufacturers to develop voluntary support surface performance standards in the United States. Also, this committee should work in conjunction with the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Support Surface Work Group in the development of international standards.