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 www.npuap.org.

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!

For more information about this event, World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, and the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, visit http://www.npuap.org/.

Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Recommended reading for nurse, therapists, physicians, orthotists, prosthetists, and individuals who rely on assistive technology for daily activity.

Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Written by Janet Dean, MS, RN, CRRN, CRNP. The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Maryland.

Published on the Transverse Myelitis Association website, Janet Dean’s article provides a easy-to-follow and detailed overview of  skin breakdown risk factors (pressure, friction, shear, and microclimate) and numerous considerations for preventing and treating skin breakdown.

In addition to providing an excellent overview on the subject of pressure ulcer prevention and treatment for healthcare professionals, the article is also highly relevant for individuals who rely on wheelchairs or orthotic/prosthetic devices for mobility as well as those who spend extended amounts of time in bed due to mobility restrictions or hospitalization.

Daily skin checks are an essential first line of defense against the development of pressure ulcers that can often be prevented before they become serious and even life-threatening wounds. It’s always recommended to consult your primary caregiver or specialist if you believe a wound has developed due to the use of a medical/assistive technology device.

Continue to the article, Skin Health: Prevention and Treatment of Skin Breakdown

Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has declared November 16, 2012 “Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day”.

According to Dr. Aimee Garcia, NPUAP President, “Over 2.5 million US residents develop pressure ulcers every year.”  She adds, “The impact of pressure ulcers on the patient, the providers who are trying to prevent these wounds and the payers for health care has been underestimated for years.”

For more information, read the Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day Proclamation.

In January 2013, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies will join the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Corporate Advisory Panel; contributing to the research, education, and policy-making initiatives of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

Please feel welcome to share this post and Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day Proclamation with your peers to help raise awareness toward wound care advancements and wound prevention!

Bed Sore Prevention, Treatment and Legal Rights

Bed sores, also referred to as pressure ulcers, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers, are a significant problem in hospitals and nursing homes, with regard to both the rising rate of occurrence (and financial expense) as well as prevention & treatment responsibility for caregivers.

Jonathan Rosenfeld, J.D. (Illinois, U.S.A.) has developed a helpful website, Bed Sore FAQs, to help those affected by bed sores to navigate the various aspects of the condition. From pressure ulcer prevention and treatment products to internet resources and legal considerations, BedSoreFAQ.com offers a wealth of information on the subject.

For more information about bed sore prevention & treatment, visit http://www.bedsorefaq.com

Just like with bed sores, decubitus ulcers also affect people who rely on wheelchairs for daily living. Tamarack Habilitation Technologies’ new GlideWear Seating Interface product is designed to significantly reduce shear strain against the skin, under bony prominences, where friction and pressure sores typically occur; resulting in a greater margin of safety and long-lasting skin protection.

Additional information about the GlideWear Seating Interface is available at www.GlideWear.com