Learn more about pressure ulcer categories

Recently revised International definitions and classification system for pressure ulcers have been released by NPUAP and EPUAP (National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers: clinical practice guideline. Washington DC: National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel; 2009)1.

  • The wording stage, grade are most commonly historically used – recently the word category has been introduced in order to avoid the impression that there is always
    a progression from stage 1 to 4.
  • On reading literature one may see all words used in an interchangeable manner.
  • It is regarded as incorrect to reverse stage a wound as it heals– for example a Stage/ Category 4 should be documented always as such – the use of specific tools to monitor healing should be utilised.