Dynamic air mattress specialist Rober, is proud to once again support World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day. Taking place on November 16th, 2017 the awareness-raising day is organised by The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). Its objective is to increase global understanding for pressure injury prevention through education.
A pressure injury is defined as localised damage to the skin or to underlying soft tissue. This is usually over a bony prominence such as the heels, spine, buttocks and hips. Pressure injuries can occur as a result of intense and/or prolonged pressure or pressure in combination with shear. Microclimate, nutrition, the condition of the soft tissue and the wrong type of mattress surface can all help trigger pressure ulcers.
Categorised by the NPUAP, below are the different stages of pressure injuries:
- Stage 1: Non blanchable erythema of intact skin
- Stage 2: Partial thickness skin loss with exposed dermis
- Stage 3: Full thickness skin loss
- Stage 4: Full thickness skin and tissue loss
- Unstageable Pressure Injury: Obscured full-thickness skin and
- tissue loss
- Deep Tissue Pressure Injury: Persistent non-blanchable deep red, maroon or purple discoloration
- Medical Device-Related Pressure Injury
For more information visit the NPUAP website