PUCLAS3 Webinar

woensdag, 27 augustus 2014
16:00 - 17:00

More information: http://www.epuap.org/epuap-webinars/

Traditionally, incontinence- associated dermatitis (IAD) has received little attention as a distinct skin disorder, and it is regularly confused with superficial pressure ulcers. The clinical observation of IAD ranges from erythema (with or without loss of skin integrity) to cutaneous infections (such as candidiasis). IAD is often associated with redness, rash, or vesiculation. The lesions are superficial, but are likely to become slightly deeper if an infection occurs. On the contrary, the clinical observation of a pressure ulcer ranges from non-blanchable erythema of the intact skin, over partial/full thickness skin loss, to tissue destruction involving skin, subcutaneous fat, muscle, and bone.

Significant efforts are made to support clinicians to differ IAD from pressure ulcers. In a 2005 position statement, Defloor and colleagues defined wound-related characteristics and patient- related characteristics to clarify the difference between a pressure ulcer and IAD. Based on this statement, the Pressure Ulcer Classification tool (PuClas) was developed. PuClas is a tool to teach and learn about pressure ulcer classification and IAD differentiation, and was developed by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP). It is based on the EPUAP position statement on pressure ulcer classification and IAD differentiation, and provides an overview of causative factors and of typical wound-related characteristics, including cause, location, shape, depth, necrosis, edges and colour. Research showed that PuClas is effective to improve the skills of nurses to differentiate IAD from pressure ulcers.

This webinar will be the official international launch of PuClas3. The new PuClas version includes an update of the classification system according to the latest international guideline, an updated terminology for incontinence- associated dermatitis, high quality photographs, an assessment module for basic level and advance level, and a separate assessment module including cases and photographs.

Speaker: Prof. Dimitri Beeckman, University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium

Registration: In order to register go to https://www.epuap.org/webinars and follow the instructions.

More information: please contact the EPUAP Business Office at office@epuap.org