Return to Listing

November 21, 2019

Standard Textile Recognizes World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day

DermaTherapy Pressure Ulcer Prevention Gown

Standard Textile is supporting World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day, a global awareness event organized by the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP). World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day was first observed in 2013.

“Pressure injuries are one of the most common conditions experienced by patients around the world. A pressure injury may cause a great deal of pain and suffering, and it often presents a difficult challenge for the patient, the caregiver, and the health system,” said Norman Frankel, Executive Vice President, Standard Textile. “Pressure injuries are preventable, and we all have a role in stopping them from occurring.”

Information below provided by the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel.

What is a pressure ulcer/injury?

  • Once called bedsores, pressure injuries are localized damage to the skin and underlying soft tissue, usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other device.
  • The injury occurs as a result of intense and/or prolonged pressure or pressure in combination with shear.
  • The injury can present as intact skin or an open ulcer and may be painful.
  • 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.

How common are pressure ulcer/injuries?

  • Pressure injuries claim the lives of over 60,000 people each year and cost the United States healthcare system over $11 billion annually.
  • 2.5 million Americans get pressure injuries every year, and over the past 5 years, the NPIAP has seen a trend of more severe pressure injuries.

Why is prevention important?

  • Prevention will reduce the high incidence of pressure ulcer/injuries.
  • Prevention can also reduce the pain associated with pressure-related injuries, which may develop into pressure injuries. And a high percentage of resultant pressure injuries lead to death.

Discover how DermaTherapy® helps prevent pressure ulcers/injuries

About the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP)

The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) is an independent not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the prevention and management of pressure injuries. The NPIAP serves as a resource to healthcare professionals, government, the public, and healthcare agencies. NPIAP’s collaboration of professionals, corporations, and governmental agencies offers a unique model for addressing major health care issues. The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers have adapted the NPIAP model in establishing their organizations.

Other professional organizations that have joined the NPIAP’s efforts include: the American Health Care Association, National Center for Assisted Living (Non-Collaborating Organization Council), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Alliance of Wound Care & Ostomy, and Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society for North America.