National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Redefines Pressure Ulcer

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has announced a change in terminology from pressure ulcer to pressure injury; also updating the stages of pressure injury.

NPUAP believes the change to pressure injury vs. pressure ulcer more accurately describes pressure and shear-related injuries to both intact and ulcerated skin.

Pressure Injury:

A pressure injury is localized damage to the skin and/or underlying soft tissue usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other injury. The injury can present as intact skin or an open ulcer and may be painful. The injury occurs as a result of intense and/or prolonged pressure or pressure in combination with shear. The tolerance of soft tissue for pressure and shear may also be affected by microclimate, nutrition, perfusion, comorbidities and condition of the soft tissue.

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National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Research Symposium

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has just posted information about its 2016 NPUAP Research Symposium, hosted at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel, November 9, 2016.

This is a great opportunity for clinicians, researchers, engineers, and others in the healthcare field to learn more about the latest developments in pressure ulcer (bedsore) prevention. No longer is pressure considered the most important factor, as the presence of shear force and microclimate (heat and moisture) are increasingly recognized as key contributing factors in pressure sore formation.

NPUAP Research Symp 2016 Save the DateFor more information about the NPUAP Research Symposium and National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, visit

Disclaimer: Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is a member of the NPUAP Corporate Advisory Council.

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Resources 2015

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

In support of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, November 19, 2015, here are FIVE valuable resources for healthcare professionals and facility managers to consider when fighting back against the genesis of avoidable pressure ulcers.



  1. Invest in the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline (full-text or quick-reference version). Leaders from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA) recently introduced the latest Clinical Practice Guideline to provide explicit recommendations and research summaries related to pressure ulcer genesis, classification, prevention/avoidance, and treatment. While you may not have the time to read the Guideline from cover to cover, it’s an excellent reference document when considering changes to your facilities pressure ulcer protocol.
  2. Embrace new perspectives on pressure ulcer avoidance. Consider subscribing to e-newsletters and publications you don’t already read in order to gain new insight about the latest procedures and technologies available to you in the fight against pressure ulcers. For example, today’s edition of the Mobility Management emobility newsletter (11/19/2015) revealed new perspectives on the role that friction, shear, and microclimate play in the development and prevention of pressure ulcers.
  3. Plan to attend at least one clinical symposium/exhibition over the next 12 months that you haven’t previously attended. The NPUAP Staging Consensus Conference, WOCN Society Annual Conference, and SAWC Spring/Fall Meeting are just three of many great networking, educational and product preview options available to healthcare professionals, educators, and facility managers. Expanding your knowledge base beyond your area of specialty will broaden your clinical perspective and offer new product & technology offerings that have yet to reach your area of specialty.
  4. Take advantage of free education opportunities online. Webinars, association websites, specialty forums, and Youtube videos offer a wealth of free and easily accessible opportunities to gain knowledge about products and treatment techniques. When you get tired of reading, check out a video like this one about shear reduction in wheelchair seating systems:
  5. Don’t stop now – share your knowledge! When you come across interesting new treatment procedures and products in the healthcare journals you read, take a moment to forward them to your colleagues in an effort to spark discussion about how your facility might improve your own patient care procedures. Take advantage of social media to learn and share new clinical insights that may reveal opportunities for enhanced patient care that can be immediately applied to your care plans.

Free Pressure Ulcer Wound Care Webinar, Hosted by NPUAP

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention DayIn support of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, November 19, 2015, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is hosting a free, live webinar, presented by Dr. Jeffrey Levine, MD, titled History of Pressure Ulcers and Wound Care: Past, Present, and Future.

Dr. Levine’s presentation will review the history of pressure ulcers and wound care, highlight major challenges facing today’s practitioners caring for patients with pressure ulcers, and discuss the future of pressure ulcers and wound care.

Please note: This webinar qualifies for 1 hour of multidisciplinary CEU’s and registration is limited to only 1,000 individuals, so reserve your spot today!

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Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management Webinar

NPUAP LogoThe National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, in partnership with the Creighton University School of Medicine, is hosting a live webinar on Tuesday, August 12th at 2:00 PM ET to assist clinicians in pressure ulcer recognition and definition, comprehensive assessment, and wound care documentation.

Webinar Objectives:

1. Define pressure ulcers

2. Differentiate pressure ulcers from other types of wounds

3. Identify the components of a comprehensive pressure ulcer assessment

4. State the critical elements of pressure ulcer documentation

This webinar will be presented by Aimee Garcia, MD, CWS – Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Geriatrics Selection at Baylor College of Medicine and Mary Sieggreen, MSN, CNS, NP, CVN – Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing at Wayne State University.

To register online for this live event (+$75  fee), visit:

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) serves as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research. For more information, visit

Measuring Pressure Ulcer Rates Live Webinar

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel News Release (March 25, 2014)

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel is pleased to announce the next live webinar entitled Measuring Pressure Ulcer Rates. This webinar will take place on THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET.

Dr. Joyce Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN will be presenting this webinar and will discuss how to calculate incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers and describe how to measure pressure ulcer incidence density using 1,000 patient days as the metric. Full course information for this webinar can be found in the attached flyer.

SPECIAL OFFER: As an attendee of this webinar, receive $20 off your purchase of the NPUAP Monograph entitled Pressure Ulcers: Prevalence, Incidence and Implications for the Future through the NPUAP Online Store. The coupon code for this discount is provided in the confirmation email that you receive after you register for the webinar. This offer is only valid until June 10, 2014!

You can also receive 1.0 multidisciplinary CEU for this webinar! Anyone who views this webinar can receive a CEU. After the completion of the webinar, a link to the evaluation form and CEU test will be distributed to all individuals who have registered, they will then forward the email to all who viewed the webinar for everyone to receive the credit. The webinar costs $75 per phone line.

Follow this link to register for the NPUAP live webinar on measuring pressure ulcer rates

PLEASE NOTE: After registering for the webinar you will receive a separate email with information on how to access and join the webinar along with a coupon code to receive $20 off your purchase of the NPUAP Prevalence and Incidence Monograph!

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