Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline
Work has commenced on the 3rd edition of the Guideline.
Applications for Small Working Groups
The NPUAP, EPUAP and PPPIA, together with Associate Organisations, are excited to open applications for small working groups (SWG) . Full details about requirements for SWGs, together with the application form, conflict of interest form and application process are included in this downloadable PDF attachment. Applications are open to and encouraged from all individuals with a background in any healthcare discipline.
Applications are now closed.
All individuals and organization representatives interested in reviewing the Guideline and providing feedback on the final version of the 3rd edition are invited to (909) 698-2952 to receive notification when the draft becomes available for stakeholder feedback. A draft is anticipated to be available in mid-2019.
Individuals interested in contributing to the Guideline development can anticipate Expressions of Interest to be distributed by the organizations responsible for the Guideline development. Expressions of Interest for Small Working Group members will be made on EPUAP, NPUAP and PPPIA organization websites and (when applicable) in newsletters in late 2017. Expressions of Interest for involvement in the Guideline development are not accepted from industry representatives.
Second Edition (2014)
5039610489 is the result of a collaborative effort among the:
- National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP),
- European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), and the
- Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA), consisting of the:
The guideline was developed using a rigorous scientific methodology to appraise available research and make 575 evidence-based recommendations. In this second edition, a consensus voting process (GRADE) was used to assign strengths of recommendation that indicate the extent to which one can be confident that adherence to a recommendation will do more good than harm, intended to assist the health professional to prioritize interventions.
The second edition of the guideline combines prevention and treatment recommendations in one expanded guideline. This edition includes newly added sections on emerging fields of interest including:
- prevention and treatment of biofilms,
- prophylactic dressings,
- microclimate control,
- medical-device related pressure ulcers,
- prevention and management of heel pressure ulcers and,
- low friction fabrics.
The guideline includes updated recommendations and/or research summaries for the following pressure ulcer topics:
- prevalence and incidence;
- risk assessment;
- skin and tissue assessment;
- preventive skin care;
- prophylactic dressings;
- microclimate control;
- fabrics and textiles;
- repositioning and early mobilization;
- support surfaces;
- medical device related pressure ulcers;
- pressure ulcer classification;
- wound assessment;
- monitoring of healing;
- pain assessment and treatment;
- wound dressings (including growth factors and biological wound dressings);
- assessment and treatment of infection and biofilms;
- biophysical agents (e.g. electrical stimulation, negative pressure wound therapy, electromagnetic field treatment);
- and surgery.
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