Title

Recurring Pressure Ulcers: Identifying the Definitions. A National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel White Paper

ISBN or ISSN

1067-1927

Volume

22

Issue

3

Publication Date / Copyright Date

5-2014

First Page

301

Last Page

304

DOI Number

10.1111/wrr.12183

Abstract

Currently, there is a lack of consensus regarding the accepted terminology pertaining to the pressure ulcer healing progression and recidivism. This lack of uniformity can negatively impact initiation of treatment pathways, completion of appropriate interventions, clinical documentation, medical coding, patient education, discharge planning and healthcare revenue throughout the healthcare system. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a standard nomenclature as it pertains to pressure ulcer healing progression and any recidivism that may occur. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has formulated a framework of terms regarding pressure ulcer progression. We also developed a clearer nomenclature for lack of progress and recidivism of pressure ulcers. This document should serve as a starting point for the discussion of the pressure ulcer care, research, and terminology.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Advisory Committees, Pressure Ulcer, Recurrence, Reproducibility of Results, Severity of Illness Index, Terminology as Topic, Wound Healing

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