The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP), and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPIAP) have announced the release of the new Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries.

The goal of this international collaboration was to develop evidence-based recommendations for the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries that could be used by healthcare professionals worldwide. An explicit scientific methodology was used to identify and critically appraise all available research.

Professor. Dr. Dimitri Beeckman, EPUAP President, commented: “The Guideline Governance Group (GGG) and all small working groups worked intensely at global level to summarize the evidence and to develop practical recommendations to support clinical practice for our patients.

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“We are looking forward to seeing how these new guidelines will be implemented and how they will further support better patient care.”

This latest version is the third edition of the Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries.

Janet Cuddigan, PhD, President of NPIAP, added: “The NPIAP is pleased to join our international partners, the EPUAP and PPPIA, in releasing this international guideline.

“The guideline critically analyzes and summarizes a large body of international research to develop evidence-based clinical recommendations. The guideline bridges a critical gap by accelerating the translation of research into practice to improve patient outcomes.”

Keryln Carville, PPPIA President, said: “The International Guideline contains 114 evidence-based recommendations and 62 good practice statements and 20 quality indicators, which will facilitate translation of guideline evidence into clinical practice and ultimately improve care outcomes for individuals across all health settings.”

For interested healthcare professionals, hard copy and electronic versions of the Clinical Practice Guideline and the Quick Reference Guideline can be ordered here

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