Pressure Ulcers are lesions caused by many factors such as: unrelieved pressure; friction; humidity; shearing forces; temperature; age; continence and medication; to any part of the body, especially portions over bony or cartilaginous areas such as sacrum, elbows, knees, and ankles. Although often prevented and treatable if found early, they can be very difficult to prevent in frail elderly patients, wheelchair users (especially where spinal injury is involved) and terminally ill patients.
*NOTE: On April 13, 2016 the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced a change in terminology from pressure ulcer to pressure injury and updated the stages of pressure injury. (Read Press Release)
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Guidelines and Position Statements
- New!! NPUAP Pressure Injury Stages
- New!! NPUAP Pressure Staging Illustrations
- Newly Released!! NPUAP Pressure Injury Prevention Points
- 2014 Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline
- Complimentary Educational Webinars
- PUSH Tool
- Image Library
- NPUAP Position Statements
- Support Surfaces Terms and Definitions
- Pressure ulcers and hydrocolloids Made Easy
- Pressure ulcers: How to identify different categories
- The difference between moisture lesions and pressure ulcers
- Assessing erythema to detect the development of pressure ulcers
- Ten top tips for preventing pressure ulcers
- The correct choice of dressing in pressure ulcers and traumatic wounds
- Practice Recommendations for Preventing Heel Pressure Ulcers
Organizations and Resources
- National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP)
- European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
- Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) (formerly AHCPR)
- National Guideline Clearinghouse
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