New Pressure Injury Staging Illustrations Now Available

New illustrations of pressure injuries are now available for download from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP).

The collection of illustrations, free of charge for educational use, includes images of stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 pressure injuries, plus images of deep tissue injuries, unstageable pressure injuries, and healthy skin. Illustrations are of lightly or darkly pigmented skin.

Download the illustrations by clicking HERE.

The NPUAP announced in April 2016 that it was adopting the term pressure injury to replace pressure ulcer, noting, “The change in terminology more accurately describes pressure injuries to both intact and ulcerated skin.” The organization added that the new “pressure injury” language would eliminate the confusion that has sometimes resulted from Stage 1 injuries and deep tissue injuries also being referred to as pressure ulcers, though the skin is intact in those situations.

The NPUAP recognizes four pressure injury stages, ranging from non-blanchable erythema of intact skin (stage 1) to full-thickness skin and tissue loss (stage 4). The organization also includes unstageable pressure injuries and deep tissue pressure injuries in its official list of injury stages.

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Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at lwatanabe@1105media.com.

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