Worldwide STOP Pressure Injury (Ulcer) day started in 2012 following a meeting of Spanish speaking wound care organisations who agreed and signed the Declaration of Rio. This initiative aims to increase awareness of pressure injuries amongst the public, medical professionals and politicians. The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), acknowledging and applauding this work, joined and encouraged countries internationally to participate. The New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) participates each year with local Area groups organisng events to raise awareness of pressure injuries/ulcers, their prevention and management.
For the 2018 Stop Pressure Injury Day, the NPUAP, EPUAP and PPPIA are promoting the International Pressure Injury Guideline, which is available through the New Zealand Wound Care Society website.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness of pressure injuries and how to prevent them. Key messages are:
1. With the right knowledge and care, pressure injuries can be avoided
2. All health professionals, carers, family/whanau members and patients have important roles to play in prevention; skin care matters.
3. STOP Pressure Injury Awareness Activities are planned around the country
Support for Stop PI Day is provided by:
Health, Quality and Safety Commission - Pressure Injury Prevention and Patient Stories (HQSC)
ACC - 'Guiding Principles for Pressure Injury Prevention and Management in NZ' (ACC) and
Ministry of Health - HealthCERT Bulletin 'Pressure Injury Prevention and Management' (MoH)
who have all come together with the NZWCS to again promote Pressure Injury Prevention and Stop Pressure Injury Day 2018.