The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) launched the joint EPUAP-NPIAP Prophlylactic Dressing Standards Initiative (PDSI) and established a dedicated international Task Force to lead and develop this initiative.
The PDSI Task Force includes expert representatives of all relevant stakeholder groups and applies a transparent policy for the balance of influences among the different stakeholder groups (e.g. industry, clinicians, researchers, policy-makers etc.). The immediate and first priority of the PDSI Task Force is to develop a consensus on the scope of prophylactic dressing standards and prioritize specific elements of this scope, that is, select the specific topics and standards for initial development efforts.
We are developing these testing standards over a 3-year period, validating the developed standards and submitting them for accreditation through international and national standard organizations. An Unrestricted Development Fund was developed for resourcing the activities of the PDSI and all stakeholders are invited to support the initiative through this mechanism.
We invite all potential stakeholders who wish to be listed in our databases for this PSDI, regardless of whether they have existing connections with the EPUAP or NPIAP, and irrespective of their geographical location (i.e. including entities or individuals outside Europe and the US), to inform us of their interest in the above PDSI initiative.
For additional information and expression of interest, please contact the two Co-Chairs of the PDSI Task Force directly:
Professor David Brienza at the NPIAP (DBRIENZA@pitt.edu)
Professor Amit Gefen at the EPUAP (firstname.lastname@example.org)