Pressure Ulcer Now Pressure Injury

pressure-injury-pressure ulcerPressure sore, decubitus ulcer, bedsore, and pressure ulcer have been used interchangeably in the medical community to describe an injury to the skin caused by prolonged pressure, often occurring in bedridden patients.

In 2016  The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), a non-profit organization of experts, announced the preferred terminology was none of that mention above, but pressure injury. They felt the term better describes the injury process in both ulcerated and intact skin

In addition, NPUAP changed the numbers from Roman numerals to Arabic numbers.

So now instead of writing Stage III Pressure Ulcer, the recorder will now write Stage 3 Pressure Injury.


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