National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel's updated pressure ulcer staging system.

Joyce Black, Mona Baharestani, Janet Cuddigan, Becky Dorner, Laura Edsberg, Diane Langemo, Mary Ellen Posthauer, Catherine Ratliff, George Taler

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The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has updated the definition of a pressure ulcer and the stages of pressure ulcers based on current research and expert opinion solicited from hundreds of clinicians, educators, and researchers across the country. The amount of anatomical tissue loss described with each stage has not changed. New definitions were drafted to achieve accuracy, clarity, succinctness, clinical utility, and discrimination between and among the definitions of other pressure ulcer stages and other types of wounds. Deep tissue injury was also added as a distinct pressure ulcer in this updated system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-349; quiz 350
JournalDermatology nursing / Dermatology Nurses' Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2007

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  • Medicine(all)

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