Pressure Ulcer Now Called Pressure Injury: What You Must Know

By Amy Franklin, RN, RAC-MT, AADNS Curriculum Development Specialist - June 16, 2016

On April 13, 2016, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced a number of changes, including changing the term pressure ulcer to pressure injury and modifying stage definitions. Other changes include those of verbiage—changing stage numbering from Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV) to Arabic (1, 2, 3, 4) and removing the word suspected from deep tissue injury; and two additions—Medical Device Related Pressure Injury and Mucosal Membrane Pressure Injury. NPUAP also announced that they will be updating their illustrations. Although CMS has not adopted the verbiage changes to date, providers need to consider the impact of this possibility...