Identifying Pressure Injuries: Understanding the Definition, Stages, and Prevention Strategies

PART 2
A Pressure Injuries (Ulcers)

Pressure Injury is the new term adopted by NPUAP (National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel) in April 2016, which is the same as “Pressure Ulcer”

Pressure Injury Definition by National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel:

  • A pressure injury is localized damage to the skin and underlying soft tissue usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other device.
  • The injury can present as intact skin or an open ulcer and may be painful. The injury occurs as a result of intense and/or prolonged pressure or pressure in combination with shear.
  • The tolerance of soft tissue for pressure and shear may also be affected by microclimate, nutrition, perfusion, co-morbidities and condition of the soft tissue.
Unstageable Pressure Injury

An Unstageable Pressure Injury involves full-thickness skin and tissue loss, but the extent cannot be confirmed due to slough or eschar covering the ulcer. If removed, it may reveal a Stage 3 or Stage 4 pressure injury. Stable eschar, such as dry, adherent, intact without redness or swelling, on an ischemic limb or the heel(s) should not be softened or removed. 

Deep Tissue Pressure Injury

A Deep Tissue Pressure Injury is identified by persistent non-blanchable deep red, maroon, or purple discoloration on intact or non-intact skin. This may reveal a dark wound bed or blood-filled blister, with pain and temperature changes often preceding the color shift. The injury results from intense pressure and shear forces at the bone-muscle interface. It may evolve rapidly or resolve without tissue loss. If underlying structures like necrotic tissue, subcutaneous tissue, granulation tissue, fascia, muscle, or others are visible, it indicates a full-thickness pressure injury (Unstageable, Stage 3, or Stage 4). Note that DTPI should not be used to describe vascular, traumatic, neuropathic, or dermatologic conditions."

Strategic Approaches for Pressure Injury Prevention

Preventing pressure injuries is crucial, and strategies include regularly changing positions, using support surfaces like pressure-relieving mattresses or cushion, keeping the skin clean and moisturized, and managing moisture and incontinence. Individuals at risk should receive proper nutrition and hydration, and healthcare professionals should conduct regular skin assessments.

Air cushions and mattresses are effective for preventing pressure injuries due to their ability to redistribute body weight, provide adjustable support, offer continuous pressure relief, reduce friction and shear forces, enhance comfort, regulate temperature, and prevent tissue ischemia. Proper assessment and selection of the appropriate cushion are crucial for effective prevention.

Long surgeries increase the risk of pressure injuries, influencing a hospital's classification based on how they handle prevention. Special attention is required for patients with a high risk of pressure injuries during surgery. While many hospitals use foam and towels on bony areas, this approach is becoming less effective due to the rough texture of these materials, difficult to manage and clean.

Operating Room Gel Positioning Pads, the advanced technology to prevent pressure injuries during long surgeries and one of the most effective support surface during operation. Designed with a soft texture for skin comfort and easy cleaning. these gel pads are highly effective, making them ideal for use in top-tier hospitals that prioritize patient comfort and protection from pressure injuries.

Gel Positioner Gel Pads, designed to support every part of the body at risk of pressure injuries. With various types to meet different needs, they make patient positioning easy for doctors using Operating Room Gel Pads. Experience an easier and more effective surgical process with our innovative solutions!"

#Stay Healthy, Stay Wise – Preventing is better than Curing!


Libertech Corporation

Libertech is Korea based manufacturer and exporter who specializes in the product of pressure care and offers you the wide range of anti-decubitus cushions, anti-decubitus mattresses and operating room gel pad positioners as well as leisure and homecare pressure solutions. All of the products undergo high quality control during the production process to ensure users' safety, comfort as we're qualifies for ISO 13485, CE (MDR 2017/745) and FDA.

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Tel : +82 70 4680 0707

Email : operation@libertech.co.kr

Address : 1352 Poseungjangan-ro, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea


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Libertech Corporation

Libertech is Korea based manufacturer and exporter who specializes in the product of pressure care and

offers you the wide range of anti-decubitus cushions, anti-decubitus mattresses and operating room gel

pad positioners as well as leisure and homecare pressure solutions. All of the products undergo high quality

 control during the production process to ensure users' safety, comfort as we're qualifies for ISO 13485, CE

(MDR 2017/745) and FDA.


Copyright ⓒ 2024 Libertech Corporation. All rights reserved.

Tel : +82 70 4680 2490

Address : 1352 Poseungjangan-ro, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

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