Wound Care

AHRQ’s safety program for nursing homes: On-time pressure ulcer prevention

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created On-Time Pressure Ulcer Prevention to help nursing homes with electronic medical records reduce the occurrence of in-house pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers remain a serious problem...

Skin manifestations with COVID-19

The Purple Skin and Toes that you are seeing may not be Deep Tissue Pressure Injury Many reports are occurring concerning areas of purpuric/purple skin and purple toe lesions in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)...

Protecting Patients and Staff: The Road to a System-Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Program Webinar

A free webinar hosted by Kelly McFee This session will discuss the implementation of a step by step system-wide pressure injury prevention program that includes comprehensive wound and pressure injury education, consistency in the application...

NPIAP COVID-19 related resources for pressure injury prevention

NPIAP Panel Members have provided these resources as a convenience to website visitors and for informational purposes only. Once you click on these links, you will be leaving the NPIAP site and going to...

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and pressure injuries

Many health care professionals are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) the majority of the day. There are increasing reports of pressure injuries from masks, goggles and other PPE. NPIAP position paper on preventing injury with...

Pressure injury assessment

A Pressure Injury (PI) assessment is a written record or picture of the status and progress that the PI is making. Assessments should include a record of your initial assessment, ongoing assessments and any...

New research on the connection between genetics and wound healing

A new study published in Plos Pathogens examines the connection between wound microbiomes and wound healing. This study was described as “being the first to identify patient genetic determinants for wound microbiomes and healing.” A...

New microscopy technique can be used to study the progression of wound healing

A new microscope developed by researchers at the DSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging has the ability to track collagen that helps in wound healing and can visualize blood vessel distribution around the wound. The...

New study focuses on wound healing mechanisms

A new study recently published in Nature Communications focuses on the “biomechanical properties of skin wounds.” The researchers examined the body’s “repair program” and how it works to repair an injured area. Ultimately, the researchers...
Pressure ulcers

Choosing a support surface to prevent pressure ulcers

Nurses in various settings and practices must navigate the complex process of preventing and treating pressure ulcers. Support surfaces play a pivotal role in this process; clinicians use them to redistribute pressure, reduce shearing...

Staying out of sticky situations: How to choose the right tape for your patient

Are you using the wrong kind of medical tape on your patients? Although we strive to provide the safest care possible, some nurses may not realize that medical tape used to secure tubes and...
Excessive opioids

Excessive opioids lead to a close call for a burn patient

Tim Waters, age 28, is admitted to a burn intensive care unit for treatment after a natural gas explosion in his home causes deep partial- and full-thickness burns to 20% of his body surface...