Ever have one of those arguments about a Stage I pressure ulcer because the other person in the argument kept saying: “But there’s no ulcer. How can I document an ulcer?”

New terminology released by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) will make you happy. Pressure ‘ulcers’ will no longer be known as ulcers. They will be known as ‘pressure injuries’ and the NPUAP will become NPIAP. That’s just one of the many changes that were made at the NPUAP meeting on April 8-9.npuap-logo

Other changes:  Just when we got used to returning to using Roman numerals to indicate stages, we’re going back to Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4). Mention of friction contributing to pressure injuries has been removed.

Better, fuller descriptions of stages has been added, as well as other definitions for conditions that should not be documented as pressure injuries.

What’s next? CMS will need to adopt the new terminology for OASIS and the titles in the coding manual will need to be updated. The coding manual already uses Arabic numerals and doesn’t use the phrase ‘suspected’ deep tissue injury.

Here’s the link to the News Release: http://www.npuap.org/national-pressure-ulcer-advisory-panel-npuap-announces-a-change-in-terminology-from-pressure-ulcer-to-pressure-injury-and-updates-the-stages-of-pressure-injury/

Selman-Holman & Associates will be announcing a webinar and other on-site opportunities to learn about pressure ulcers, stasis ulcers and more very soon. Be sure to add yourself to our contact list for more updates.


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