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By the WoundSource Editors

Washington, D.C. – October 2, 2017– The NPUAP participated in the first meeting of the 2019 International Pressure Ulcer Guideline Governance Group (GGG) on September 22-23, 2017. The GGG meeting was held immediately following the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) 2017 Annual Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

With a planned release date in late 2019, this international group is working to revise the current (2014) Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. The goal of this global coalition is to develop evidence-based recommendations for the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries that can be used by health professionals throughout the world.

In attendance to represent the NPUAP were Janet Cuddigan, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (NPUAP Guideline Chair and Research Committee Chair); Dan Berlowitz, MD, MPH from Boston University and Bedford, MA VAMC (NPUAP Past President and Alumnus); Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN President of CASE Software & Books (Current NPUAP President) and Joyce Pittman, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CWOCN from Indiana University Health, Academic Health Center (NPUAP Board Member).

NPUAP Guideline Chair, Janet Cuddigan stated: "We look forward to working with our international partners, the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA), as we revise the international pressure ulcer/injury prevention and treatment guideline in order to translate the most current and rigorously analyzed research into evidence based recommendations to improve pressure injury prevention and treatment throughout the world.

We have been very successful in disseminating previous versions of the guideline. The 2014 Guideline was translated into 11 languages and downloaded over 150,000 times. In 2019, we will enhance both dissemination and implementation strategies. The 2019 Clinical Practice Guideline will be available in both printed and electronic formats. Specific 'clinical practice points' will be included. Implementation tools are being developed for a variety of settings."

EPUAP is represented on the GGG by Jan Kottner, PhD from Charité- Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany (EPUAP Guideline Chair); Katrin Balzer, PhD from the University of Lubeck in Germany (EPUAP Guideline Co-Chair and Trustee); Zena Moore, PhD, MSc from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (EPUAP Trustee) and Dominique Sigaudo-Roussel, PhD from the University of Lyon in France (EPUAP Trustee).

PPPIA is represented by Keryln Carville, PhD, RN from Silver Chain Group and Curtin University in Western Australia (PPPIA Guideline Chair); Chang Yee, Nurse Clinician and Wound Specialist from Singapore General Hospital; Siu Ming Susan Law, BSCN, MScN, RN, RM, ET from Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong and Pamela Mitchell, MN, RN, PGDipWHTR, From Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand.

Emily Haesler, PhD from Curtin University, LaTrobe University and the Australian National University serves as the Guideline Methodologist.

How can you participate in the process? For the first time, Associate Organizations are being invited to participate. See for additional information. NPUAP will send out a call for Small Working Group member applications in mid-October. International stakeholder chapter reviews will begin in June 2019. You can register as a stakeholder at

About the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is the nation’s leading scientific expert on pressure injury prevention and treatment. Our goal is to insure improved patient health and to advance public policy, education, and research.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.

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