A comprehensive pressure injury program considers the people, practice and equipment-related factors that can impact pressure injury risk and treatment options.
Referencing the joint National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP), European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA) International Clinical Practice Guideline¹ (2019) -- which includes a total of 115 evidence-based recommendations for pressure injury prevention and treatment -- we’ve summarized some of the recommended interventions, along with free 3M resources to help you assess your facility’s readiness with global best practices.
Pressure injuries can occur almost anywhere on the body, and the causes are multi-factorial. There are many things that can be done to help prevent pressure injuries, including:¹
Despite your best efforts to prevent pressure injury, they can still occur. When shifting from prevention to treatment strategies, it is important to:¹
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1. European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Quick Reference Guide. Emily Haesler (Ed.). EPUAP/NPIAP/PPPIA: 2019