Are patients with or at risk of pressure ulcers allocated appropriate prevention measures?
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2005
International Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume 11, Issue 2, pages 58–67, April 2005
How to Cite
Gunningberg, L. (2005), Are patients with or at risk of pressure ulcers allocated appropriate prevention measures?. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 11: 58–67. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2005.00503.x
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2005
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2005
- Accepted for publication September 2004
- European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel;
- pressure ulcers;
The aims of the study were to investigate the risk for and prevalence of pressure ulcers in different medical care groups, to discover if patients at risk for or with pressure ulcers are allocated appropriate pressure ulcer preventions and to investigate which variables are associated with appropriate pressure ulcer preventions. A cross-sectional survey design was used and followed the methodology developed by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. A total of 612 patients participated in the study. The prevalence of pressure ulcers was greatest in geriatric care, followed by intensive care, acute care and neurological care. The majority of patients at risk for or with pressure ulcers did not receive appropriate preventative measures, either while they were in bed or in a chair. Significant variables associated with appropriate preventions in bed were intensive care, geriatric care, a low Braden score, a low score in the subscale activity and a long hospital stay.