STOP Pressure Injury Day is on the third Thursday in November, for 2023 it will be on the 16th November
There will be a number of events around Aotearoa/New Zealand. If you would like to get involved please contact the NZWCS Administrator. We will publish these events on the Events page closer to the time.
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.
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.
Support for Stop PI Day is provided by:
Health, Quality and Safety Commission - Pressure Injury Prevention and Patient Stories (HQSC)
ACC - 'Guiding Principles for Pressure Injury Prevention and Management in NZ' (ACC) and
Ministry of Health - HealthCERT Bulletin 'Pressure Injury Prevention and Management' (MoH)
who have all come together with the NZWCS to again promote Pressure Injury Prevention and Stop Pressure Injury Day.