National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel NPUAP Staging of Pressure Ulcers
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel NPUAP is a panel of wound care and medical experts who determine standards of care and education of wound prevention and treatment. The NPUAP has an detailed description of the various Stages of Pressure Ulcers also known as Decubitus Ulcers and Bed Sores
The site shows skin conditions in each one of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel NPUAP Staging:
Staging Illustrations of
– Normal Skin
– Stage One Pressure Injury: Non-blanchable erythema of intact skin
– Stage Two Pressure Injury: Partial-thickness skin loss with exposed dermis
– Stage Three Pressure Injury: Full-thickness skin loss
– Stage Four Pressure Injury: Full-thickness skin and tissue loss
– Unstageable Pressure Injury: Obscured full-thickness skin and tissue loss
– Suspected Deep Tissue Injury: Persistent non-blanchable deep red, maroon or purple discoloration
If you suspect a loved one is suffering from a Pressure Ulcer, PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!
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.
This organization is an excellent resource for caregivers and family members dealing with individuals that are at risk for pressure ulcers also known as decubitus ulcers or bed sores.
According to federal guidelines these type of ulcers are “preventable” in most situations.
Make sure your loved on is getting the proper care including:
• Proper Hydration and Nutrition;
• Is getting turned or rotated every 2 hours if unable to get up from bed or from wheel chair;
• Sheets are kept clean and smooth (without wrinkles);
• A special pressure relieving mattress or wheel chair cushion is used;
• All wounds should be measured and evaluated (Staged from 1-IV) using the “Braden Scale” or similar method;
• Wounds are immediately addressed in the early stages and appropriate wound care is performed by a qualified professional, including the use of wound vac devices and other methods to reduce the size and degree of the ulcers.
For more information review the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel NPUAP website located at: http://www.npuap.org/resources.htm
For more information about nursing home neglect including pressure sores or wounds contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation at 612-743-9048 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.