The New Zealand Wound Care Society Inc

Worldwide STOP Pressure Injury Day

Stop PI Day 2015 

The NZWCS invites you to take part in this year’s Stop Pressure Injury Day

17 November 2016

Worldwide STOP Pressure Injury (Ulcer) day started in 2012 following a meeting of Spanish speaking wound care organisations who agreed and signed the Declaration of Rio. This initiative aims to increase awareness of pressure injuries amongst the public, medical professionals and politicians. The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), acknowledging and applauding this work, joined and encouraged countries internationally to participate. The New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) participates each year with local Area groups organisng events to raise awareness of pressure injuries/ulcers, their prevention and management.

For the 2016 Stop Pressure Injury Day, the NPUAP, EPUAP and PPPIA are promoting the International Pressure Injury Guideline, which is available through the New Zealand Wound Care Society website.

Support for Stop PI Day is also provided by the Health, Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC), the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) who have come together with the NZWCS again to promote pressure injury prevention and Stop Pressure Injury Day 2016.

The aim of the day is to raise awareness of pressure injuries and how to prevent them. Key messages are:

  • with the right knowledge and care, pressure injuries can be avoided;
  • all health professionals, carers, family/whanau members and patients have important roles to play in prevention;
  • skin care matters.

Activities planned around the country are as follows:

 Bay of Plenty - The day will be celebrated in Tauranga on the 17th and in Whakatanie on the 16th. Our focus will be on results and innovations. We conducted a 'Point Prevalence' pressure injury study at the end of October so we will be giving out the figures.  We hope to have a 'Light Up' model showing areas that are prone to pressure, to the public in Hospital Street Tauranga, and in the ward areas in Whakatane.  We are celebrating a year of the enhanced set up service of pressure relieving equipment.

Hawkes Bay - We have a display planned for STOP PI Week. The display will remain up for the the whole week and we will also have some activites at ward level by the Pressure Injury Prevention Working Group.

Manawatu - Free STOP PI Day education evening at Palmerston North Hospital Education Centre - Thursday 17 Nov at 6 - 9pm light supper included

Taranaki - Free education evening at HeatherLea Rest Home, 139 Vivian Street, New Plymouth Wednesday 16 Nov at 6.30 - 8pm


  • Mary Potter Hospice - Wellington, Porirua & Kapiti Coast - Public displays, team promotion and education + the best STOP PI cupcakes in New Zealand (Southern don't stand a chance!)

Marlborough - Wairau will be have an awareness display


  • Christchurch Hospital - STOP PI display all week in the hospital. On Thursday 17th November we will be taking the trolley around and doing a 'Bums & Heels' pressure injury competition, Staging competition and taking lots of photos for the NZWCS Photo competition.
  • Burwood Hospital - STOP PI display all week and on Thursday 17th Nov we will have a Pressure Mapping Device. Come along and try out the mattress.


  • Dunedin Hospital - Study Day 5th Nov. STOP PI display all week. On Thursday 17th Nov 1/2 day PI sessions, in conjunction with 'Patient Safety Week'. Local Rest Homes holding Pressure Injury afternoons.

Did you want to run a Poster Competition? See below for the an example of conditions.


STOP Pressure Injury Day Resources for 2016:

These sites have information on quality initiative changes, packages & resources for SKINS/SSKIN care bundle and audit tools available.

First Do No Harm - NZ (Northern region DHBs x 4) healthcare quality and safety initiative

Institute for Healthcare Improvement USA. Registration is free to access their documents. Search using “pressure ulcers” to find relevant documents.

Wales 1000 lives campaign: a national healthcare quality and safety initiative

Tissue Viability Online: NHS Quality Improvement Scotland pressure ulcer resource website.


Other resources:

NHS (UK) website with excellent resources & videos to educate staff in improving patient care.

Excellent free educational material

UK online Journal with a section for pressure ulcers

Wounds UK website with educational resource material

UK website in raising awareness in preventing pressure ulcers. Resources available.

NHS (UK) website with excellent resources on healthcare quality & safety including patient interviews

European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

Australian Wound Management Association

European Wound Management Association
End of life SCALE:

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (USA)
Excellent poster on medical device related PIs:


 STOP Pressure Injury Day 2015 Photo Competition


Winner: Taranaki – ‘ Active patient involvement’

Mary Potter Hospice

Mary Potter Hospice Cup Cakes – Kathy Glasgows team ‘Clever Photography’


Tauranga – ‘Gorgeous baby’


Wairau – ‘Great attitude’

Whareama Rest Home Nelson

Whareama Rest Home Nelson – ‘Shows good thinking’

PIAG Members

About the PIAG

The purpose of the Pressure Ulcer Advisory Group (the Advisory Group) is to act as an expert forum to provide advice to the NZWCS National Committee on pressure
ulcer/injury issues, and to undertake project work to address identified issues and/or needs in relation to pressure ulcers/injury in New Zealand.

PIAG Members

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PIAG Terms of Reference

Pressure Injury Advisory Group (PIAG) Terms of Reference


The PIAG purpose is to provide national leadership specific to New Zealand settings that is consistent with international Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Injury Guidelines.

Accountability / Reports To

The PIAG is accountable to the the NZWCS National Committee while maintaining professional links with national and international organisations.


NZWCS Administrator will provide a secretary role.

The PIAG consists of NZWCS members with expertise and a special interest in the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries. Maximum of five NZWCS members required. Membership is decided from a formal process by way of PIAG communicating in writing to the NZWCS Committee for expressions of interest. The PIAG to review submissions and collectively decide membership by majority vote. The PIAG can co-opt NZWCS members if other specialist knowledge is required.


Minimum of four members (excluding secretary) to conduct the business of the meeting.


An agenda and supplementary materials (e.g. minutes of the previous meeting) are prepared by the secretary and will be e-mailed to members within a sufficient time frame before each meeting.


Coordinator - The Group Co-ordinator will ensure time-frames are managed and relevant information is forwarded to group members. The Co-ordinator will present a report at the monthly national NZWCS Committee meetings. A formal report for the NZWCS Annual Report will be completed annually. This position will operate on a six month rotation.


Location of Meeting - Use of teleconference and face-to-face meetings as approved by the NZWCS Committee.

Time/Day of Meeting - Meeting frequency will be determined by the requirements of the PIAG.

Updated July 2015

Approved by: PIAG members and President NZWCS – Emil Schmidt

Associated Documents:

2014 Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline

 EPUAP web  npuap-web  

pppia web


Thank you to all the health professionals, organisations, patient consumers and families in the Pan Pacific region who are planning local action for World Stop Pressure Injury Day, November 20th 2014. Download a free guideline poster for World Stop Pressure Injury Day here.

The 2014 Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline is the result of a collaborative effort between three international organisations:

The guideline was developed using a rigorous scientific methodology to appraise available research and make 575 evidence-based recommendations. In this second edition, a consensus voting process (GRADE) was used to assign strengths to each recommendation. These indicate the extent to which one can be confident that adherence to a recommendation will do more good than harm, and are indented to assist the health professional to prioritise interventions.

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Pan-Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury

The Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury has been developed by the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) and its subcommittee the Australian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel in partnership with independent, multidisciplinary experts throughout Australia, and the New Zealand Wound Care Society, the Nursing Service, Ministry of Health, Singapore and Hong Kong Entero-stomal Therapists Association.

The guideline presents a comprehensive review of the assessment, diagnosis, management and prevention of pressure injuries within the Australian, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore healthcare context, based on the best evidence available up to August 2011. The guideline is designed to provide information to assist in decision-making and is based on the best information available at the date of compilation.


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