The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) serves as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research. In a ruling made in April 2016, a pressure ulcer is now known as “pressure injury”.
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 device.
Stage 1 Pressure Injury: Non-blanchable erythema of intact skin
Stage 2 Pressure Injury: Partial-thickness skin loss with exposed dermis
Stage 3 Pressure Injury: Full-thickness skin loss
Stage 4 Pressure Injury: Full-thickness skin and tissue loss
Unstageable Pressure Injury: Obscured full-thickness skin and tissue loss
Deep Tissue Pressure Injury: Persistent non-blanchable deep red, maroon or purple discoloration
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NPUAP. (2016 April, 13). National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel announces a change in terminology from pressure ulcer to pressure injury and updates the stages of pressure injury. Retrieved from https://npuap.org/page/PressureInjuryStages?&hhsearchterms=%222016+and+redefine%22