Welcome to PuClas3!

ImageEuropean studies indicate that pressure ulcer classification is difficult and that misclassification between pressure ulcers and incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) frequently occurs. Misclassification results in inadequate preventive and therapeutic measures. Education and training are important to optimize classification skills. Evidence was found that PuClas2 was able to improve classification skills significantly. PuClas2 was developed in 2005 by an EPUAP international working group.

PuClas3 aims to further support clinical teaching and learning about pressure ulcer classification and incontinence- associated dermatitis (IAD) differentiation. It has been developed as an answer for the ongoing major difficulties experienced by healthcare professionals when classifying pressure ulcers and making a distinction between pressure ulcers and skin lesions caused by urinary and fecal incontinence. The scientific content is based on the EPUAP position statement on pressure ulcer classification and IAD differentiation, and provides an overview of causative factors and of typical wound-related characteristics.

The newly developed PuClas3 tool includes an update of the classification system according to the latest international guideline, an updated terminology for IAD, high quality photographs, assessment modules and separate modules about basic principles on pressure ulcers and IAD.

Collaboration with partners

We are very grateful to our partners who provided an unrestricted educational grant to support the development of these eLearning resources. If you are interested in becoming a partner to support this project please contact Prof. Dimitri Beeckman via Dimitri.Beeckman@UGent.be.

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