What are the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) and the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) was an independent nonprofit organization formed in 1987 and dedicated to the prevention, management, treatment, and research of pressure ulcers. In April 2016, the NPUAP announced that it was changing its preferred terminology from pressure ulcer to pressure injury, on the grounds that the latter term better described this injury process in both intact and ulcerated skin. [1]  In November 2019, the NPUAP changed its name to the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP).


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