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The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel updated its pressure injury definitions in 2016. Our new Pressure Injury Staging Cards include updated verbiage and illustrations from the NPUAP. Keep one handy to more accurately define your patients’ PIs, ensuring a higher level of care.

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In April 2016, the NPUAP changed the term pressure ulcer (or decubitus ulcer) to pressure injury. They also updated definitions and staging of pressure injuries.

According to the NPUAP:

A pressure injury is localized damage to the skin and/or underlying soft tissue usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other device. The injury can present as intact skin or an open ulcer and may be painful. The injury occurs as a result of intense and/or prolonged pressure or pressure in combination with shear. The tolerance of soft tissue for pressure and shear may also be affected by microclimate, nutrition, perfusion, co-morbidities and condition of the soft tissue.
 
Stages:
 
Stage 1 Pressure Injury (previously Stage 1 pressure ulcer): Non-blanchable erythema of intact skin

Stage 2 Pressure Injury (previously Stage 2 pressure ulcer): Partial-thickness skin loss with exposed dermis

Stage 3 Pressure Injury (previously Stage 3 pressure ulcer): Full-thickness skin loss

Stage 4 Pressure Injury (previously Stage 4 pressure ulcer): Full-thickness skin and tissue loss

Unstageable Pressure Injury (previously Unstageable pressure ulcer): Obscured full-thickness skin and tissue loss

Deep Tissue Pressure Injury (previously Deep Tissue Pressure Ulcer): Persistent non-blanchable deep red, maroon or purple discoloration