How does "deep tissue injury" fit into the existing pressure ulcer staging system? Are the definitions of Stage I and Stage II pressure ulcers still appropriate? This Special Report from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel's recent consensus conference highlights the debate on these issues.
Joyce M. Black, PhD, RN, CWCN, CPSN, is Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE. She is the Secretary of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.
Members of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel include Mary Ellen Posthauer, RD, CD; Mona Baharestani, PhD, RN; Joyce Black, PhD, RN; Barbara Braden, PhD, RN; Richard Bennett, MD; David Brienza, PhD; Laura Edsberg, PhD; Diane Langemo, PhD, RN; Catherine Ratliff, PhD, RN; Steven Reger, PhD; Richard "Sal" Salcido, MD; George Taler, MD; Spencer Van Wilking, MD; George Xakellis, MD; and Karen Zulkowski, DNS, RN.