Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NPUAP Announces Revisions to Pressure Ulcer Staging System

This week, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced changes to the Pressure Ulcer Staging System including the following:

· Change in terminology from pressure ulcer to pressure injury. The change in terminology more accurately describes pressure injuries to both intact and ulcerated skin.

· The use of Arabic numbers in the names of the stages instead of Roman numerals.

· The term “suspected” has been removed from the Deep Tissue Injury diagnostic label.

· Pressure injury definitions for Medical Device Related Pressure Injury and Mucosal Membrane Pressure Injury.

The press release provides further detail. More information will be forthcoming from NPUAP on teaching points for the new stages and the rationale for the changes in staging system.

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