A change in terminology from pressure ulcer to pressure injury and updates in the stages of pressure injury was announced by the The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP).
In addition to the change in terminology, Arabic numbers are now used in the names of the stages instead of Roman numerals. According to the ICD10 Monitor, “the ICD-10-CM category L89 codes classify pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers.
Pressure ulcers are wounds caused by unrelieved pressure on the skin. These ulcers are localized injuries affecting the skin and underlying tissues, representing trauma associated with pressure and also friction, immobility, poor nutrition, hard surfaces and existing scars.”
Pressure Ulcer is now included as a diagnostic code.ICD code to include pressure injury in the near future.
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