November 2020

Prophylactic Dressing Standards Initiative is Launched

The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) have announced the launch of the Prophylactic Dressing Standards Initiative (PDSI) and the establishment of a dedicated international task force to lead and develop this initiative. Currently, there are no known standards for prophylactic dressings, despite their international widespread and growing use.

The new PDSI task force will include expert representatives of all relevant stakeholder groups and apply 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 will be to develop a consensus on the scope of prophylactic dressing standards and prioritize specific topics and standards for initial development efforts. The testing standards will be developed over a 3-year period, during which time the developed standards will be validated and submitted for accreditation through international and national standard organizations. An Unrestricted Development Fund will be developed for resourcing the activities of the PDSI and all stakeholders are invited to support the initiative through this mechanism.

In the near future NPIAP and EPUAP will reach out to the relevant industry networks of the two organizations with additional information and details. At this time, all potential stakeholders, worldwide, that wish to be listed in the databases for this PSDI or are in need of information should contact either of the 2 co-chairs of the PDSI task force directly: David Brienza, PhD, at the NPIAP (dbrienza@pitt.edu) and Amit Gefen, PhD, at the EPUAP (gefen@tauex.tau.ac.il).

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