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Message from the Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Shigehiko Kawakami

In August 2019, I was recommended and appointed as the president of the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers at the 21st Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers Board Meeting held in Kyoto. As an eighth-term board member from the field of dermatology, I am determined to exert my best efforts over the next two years.


As you may know, the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers is an academic society including a variety of health care professionals and researchers involved in the treatment of pressure ulcers. It has evolved into a large academic society with a membership of 8,500 since it was established in 1998, more than 20 years ago.


The Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers has fulfilled a leading role in the field of pressure ulcer care in Japan, from basic research to medical administration. Twenty years of our activities have promoted public recognition of pressure ulcers and the advancement of their treatment and preventive methods. However, more efforts should be made to promote the outcomes of our activities in every health care setting in Japan. As the president for the next two years, I will place emphasis on the following policy goals:

- Further improvement of pressure ulcer education for members of the society
 JSPU Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers (5th Ed.)
 Active use of e-learning
  Correction of the uneven distributions of councilors and other committee members from the viewpoints of areas/job types and their appropriate utilization
- Promotion of pressure ulcer education in every health care setting in Japan for non-members of the society as well


Understanding of the status of pressure ulcers in small- and medium-scale and convalescent hospitals as well as nursing care facilities to implement relevant education
Further promotion of pressure ulcer education for pharmacists working in pharmacies
- Further improvement of pressure ulcer education for home care in collaboration with the association for the promotion of home pressure ulcer care of the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers
Creation of guidebooks for home pressure ulcer care
Holding seminars on home pressure ulcer care
- Enhancement of support for wheelchair athletes
- Methods to address pressure ulcers that are difficult to prevent
- Development of methods to assess acute pressure ulcers/DTI

I will exert concerted efforts to promote the progress of the society with respect for the policies developed by former president Shigehiko Kawakami. I would appreciate your continuing support and cooperation.


September 2019

      Ryoji Tsuboi
      President of the Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers
      Professor of the Department of Dermatology,Tokyo Medical University

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