National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Biennial Meeting

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Recently, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel met at its Biennial meeting in New Orleans on March 10th and March 11th. A panel of experts met to discuss the terminology and evidence related to end-of-life wounds and skin failure issues. You may have heard of the terms that are sometimes used to describe end-of-life wounds, such as Kennedy Terminal Ulcer, Skin Changes at Life’s End, and Trombley-Brennan Terminal Tissue Injuries. It has been recognized that skin failure can be unavoidable and can occur when a person experiences hypoxia or multi organ system disease. Some of the speakers who spoke at the conference were Karen Kennedy-Evans, RN, FNP, APRN-BC, R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, M.ED, D.SC, Mary Brennan, RN, MBA, CWON, Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN, Stella Mandl, RN, BSN, BSW, PHN, and Jeffrey Levine, MD. If you are interested in learning more about recent developments by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, please click on this NPUAP link to read some of the press releases regarding the new pressure ulcer staging system and identification and treatment of pressure injuries.

By Jamie Bracewell

Bracewel, Jamie

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