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.

For more information, visit www.npuap.org

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2014

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Washington, DC – According to the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines; “Pressure Ulcers increase hospital costs significantly. In the US, pressure ulcer care is estimated to approach $11 billion (USD) annually, with a cost of between $500 (USD) and $70,000 (USD) per individual pressure ulcer.”1

The NPUAP defines a pressure ulcer as: “Localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear.”

“Pressure Ulcers are a frequently occurring health problem throughout the world. They are painful, costly, and an often preventable complication for which many individuals are at risk,” as stated in the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is proud to announce that World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to be celebrated on November 20, 2014. The objective of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to increase national awareness for pressure ulcer prevention and to educate the public on this topic. NPUAP has developed an extensive media materials package appropriate for all healthcare settings and organizations. To download this free material visit: http://www.npuap.org/resources/educational-and-clinical-resources/2014-world-wide-pressure-ulcer-prevention-day/

Seeking to make this year’s event large and visible to the public, the NPUAP welcomes the support of organizations and corporate partners who wish to affiliate with this significant activity.

On November 20 at 2:00 PM Eastern, in honor of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, the NPUAP is pleased to offer a FREE webinar, hosted by Dr. Nancy Bergstrom, titled “Repositioning as a Pressure Ulcer Prevention Strategy: A Multi-site Clinical Trial.” Dr. Bergstrom will introduce findings from the TURN Study conducted at UT Health School of Nursing, where researchers looked at optimal frequency of patient repositioning for pressure ulcer prevention. Stay tuned at www.npuap.org for more information on how to register.

The objective of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to increase national awareness for pressure ulcer prevention and to educate the public on the topic.

We encourage you to be an advocate for individuals around the world who are susceptible to pressure ulcer development due to hospitalization or reliance on seating systems or other medical device by sharing this important message about improving wound PREVENTION measures, worldwide.

About the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

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. Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is a proud supporter of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, serving on the organization’s Corporate Advisory Council.

1. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.) Cambridge Media; Osborne Park, Western Australia; 2014.

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: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1584892

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 www.npuap.org.

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 https://www.regonline.com/PURatesWebinar

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!

For more information about the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, visit http://www.npuap.org/

New ShearBan Ovals for Diabetic Foot Care – Now Available from PEL Supply

The latest addition to the ShearBan® product line from Tamarack™ Habilitation Technologies – ShearBan Ovals– are now available from PEL Supply. New ShearBan Ovals provide a shape ideal for preventing and treating the diabetic foot. They are particularly suited for placement in footwear under the metatarsal heads, or next to the big toe – places where ulcers develop. ShearBan Ovals are effective, affordable, and easy to use for ulcer prevention and relief.

Tamarack is committed to the research and development of low-friction technologies, including ShearBan products (www.ShearBan.com), offering long-lasting solutions to friction-induced blisters, calluses and diabetic foot ulcers. ShearBan products can now be purchased through PEL Supply.

For more information on new ShearBan Ovals, or any ShearBan product by Tamarack™, contact any helpful PEL customer service specialist at (800) 321-1264, by fax (800) 222-6176, or e-mail customerservice@pelsupply.com.

New Research Suggests Pressure is Less Important in Causing Ulcers than Many People Think

By Catherine Lussenhop

    A new paper in Assistive Technology, the journal of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association of North America (RESNA), suggests that the relation between interface pressure and the formation of pressure ulcers is not as clear-cut as many assume it to be.

    Researchers in the Netherlands reviewed previous studies about interface pressure and ulcers, looking to learn more about the clinical relationship between the two. Interface pressure is just the pressure between the skin and a supporting surface, like a wheelchair seat or a bed. For people who use wheelchairs or must be in bed, pressure ulcers most commonly form where bony prominences are close to the skin. The ulcers do serious damage if they are left untreated.

    Doctors and caregivers have long considered pressure to be the deciding factor in causing these ulcers – hence their name, pressure ulcers. However, after carefully reviewing the studies, the Dutch researchers found that there was only a “weak qualitative relationship” between interface pressure and ulcer development. They could find no quantitative threshold for pressure that could be used to predict if an ulcer would form.

    None of this comes as a surprise here at Tamarack. Pressure is important, but shear and friction forces are big contributors to the formation of ulcers as well. Shear can work in combination with friction and pressure to damage the skin and its underlying support structures. This new finding is just one more reason to remember the importance of shear and friction when looking to prevent or heal ulcers.

Read the abstract for yourself here, at RESNA’s website.