World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

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NPUAP World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

Washington, DC – According to the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines; "Pressure Ulcers increase hospital costs significantly. In the US, pressure ulcer care is estimated to approach $11 billion (USD) annually, with a cost of between $500 (USD) and $70,000 (USD) per individual pressure ulcer."1

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) defines a pressure ulcer as: "Localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear."

"Pressure Ulcers are a frequently occurring health problem throughout the world. They are painful, costly, and an often preventable complication for which many individuals are at risk," as stated in the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines.

The NPUAP is proud to announce that World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to be celebrated in 2015 on November 19th. Moving forward each year, the third Thursday of November will be designated for this public awareness. The objective of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to increase national awareness for pressure ulcer prevention and to educate the public on this topic. The NPUAP has developed an extensive media materials package appropriate for all healthcare settings and organizations, to download this free material click here.

Seeking to make this year's event large and visible to the public, the NPUAP welcomes the support of organizations and corporate partners who wish to affiliate with this significant activity.

On this date in November, in honor of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, the NPUAP is pleased to offer a free webinar, hosted by NPUAP Director Dr. Jeffrey Levine, titled "History of Pressure Ulcers & Wound Care: Past, Present and Future." For more information about this webinar and to register click here.

The National Pressure Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is an independent, not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. Formed in 1987, the NPUAP Board of Directors is composed of leading experts from different health care disciplines – all of whom share a commitment to the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. The NPUAP serves as a resource to health care professionals, government, the public, and health care agencies; and welcomes and encourages the participation of those interested in pressure ulcer issues through utilization of NPUAP educational materials, participation at national conferences, and support of efforts in public policy, education and research.

Find more information on NPUAP's goals and activities on our website at www.npuap.org or contact us at npuap@npuap.org.

References
1. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline. Emily Haesler (Ed.) Cambridge Media; Osborne Park, Western Australia; 2014.

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