Name Change for NPUAP

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

This morning, NPUAP – National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel – announced that it has changed its name.  The new name is National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel or NPIAP.  I’ve excerpted these statements from their press release:

“The new name reflects the future direction of the organization and a reaffirming of our commitment to adopt the internationally preferred term, pressure injury, in place of pressure ulcer.

The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) is an independent not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure injuries. Formed in 1986, the NPIAP 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 injuries. With our focus on pressure injury prevention and management, the NPIAP serves as a unique resource to health care professionals, the government, public, and health care agencies. The NPIAP welcomes and encourages the participation of those interested in pressure injury issues through utilization of NPIAP educational materials, participation at national conferences, and support of efforts in public policy, education and research.

The NPIAP, assisted by multiple corporations and organizations, has become an internationally recognized entity. The collaboration of professionals, corporations, and governmental agencies offers a unique model for addressing major health care issues.

The mission of the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) is to provide interprofessional leadership to improve patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and management through education, public policy and research. Visit www.NPUAP.org for more information.”

Their new logo reflects that “the patient will always be at the center (green core) of what we do. The sunrays emanating from the core represent NPIAP’s work in reaching out to improve outcomes for patients with education, research and public policy.”

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I’ve been a huge fan for many years of NPUAP -> now NPIAP’s work to prevent and manage pressure injuries.  They are indeed a very rich resource to all health care professions.  CMS has adapted their work, over the years, to no longer reverse stage pressure ulcers (we did that prior to MDS version 3.0 as of October 1, 2010) and to incorporate pressure injury into the verbiage for Section M most recently.

I encourage you to check out their website (see hyperlink to their website in the 5th paragraph above).