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Message from the Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Shigehiko Kawakami

I was appointed as the president of the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers in September 2015. I am determined to devote myself to the administration of the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers for two years while receiving the support and cooperation of its members, which I would appreciate very much.


The Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers was established in 1988 for multidisciplinary health care professionals and medical engineering researchers involved in pressure ulcer and wound care, and its 1st academic conference was held in September 1999. As the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers developed into a large academic society during the past seventeen years, the number of its members also increased from approximately 1,000 to more than 8,000. In 2002, the society published “DESIGN”, a tool for the assessment of pressure ulcers, which developed into “DESIGN-R” (2008) for the “judgement of severity”, “prognostication”, and “assessment of the quality of care”. In addition, the society has been developing and issuing guidelines, and publishing guidebooks to promote the prevention/treatment of pressure ulcers. The society also conducted three national surveys on the status of pressure ulcer patients to inform the public of problems related to the prevention/treatment of pressure ulcers, identified by discussing the status of pressure ulcer patients in Japan and survey results. As the results of our activities, the 2002 revision of the medical reimbursement system adopted the “Reduction of points when measures for the prevention of pressure ulcers are implemented”. Furthermore, since the previous year, the medical reimbursement system has covered the expenses for the management of pressure ulcer patients living at home conducted by “certified managers for pressure ulcer patients living at home”. In response to this, the society holds seminars for people who wish to become certified as “certified managers for pressure ulcer patients living at home”. Furthermore, the society established a certification system, and has certified health care professionals as “certified specialists in pressure ulcer care” and “specialists in the prevention/management of pressure ulcer patients living at home”. Physicians and nurses with these certificates have been certified as “certified managers for pressure ulcer patients living at home” according to the revised guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, Labour and, Welfare. This approval of the original certification system established eight years ago is epoch-making.


The Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers would not have evolved into a high-level academic society as it is if it were not for the outstanding leadership abilities of the first to fourth presidents: Takehiko Oura, Takahiko Moriguchi, Yoshiki Miyaji, and Hiromi Sanada, and their visionary minds, and I would like to show my sincere respect to them.


There are a number of challenges that I have to face, including the further improvement of the certification system, development of multidisciplinary team pressure ulcer care for patients living at home, promotion of activities to raise nurses’ awareness of the acquisition of certificates required to conduct specific procedures (related to wounds)/improvement of training facilities, and revisions of guidelines. Although I may be less experienced than the former presidents, I am determined to address these challenges to contribute to the further advancement of the society. I would appreciate the continued support and cooperation by its members.


September 2015

President of the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers
Department of Plastic Surgery of Kanazawa Medical University
Shigehiko Kawakami

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