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Effects of a Comprehensive Nutritional Program on Pressure Ulcer Healing, Length of Hospital Stay, and Charges to Patients.
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PMID:  22964824     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The burden of pressure ulcers will intensify because of a rapidly increasing elderly population. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary nutritional protocol on pressure ulcer wound healing, length of hospital stays, and charges for pressure ulcer management. The pre/post quasi-experimental design study comprised of 100 patients (50 patients in each group) 60 years or older with pressure ulcer. Research questions were analyzed using descriptive statistics, frequencies, chi-square tests, and t tests. Study findings indicate that the intervention was effective in improving pressure ulcer wound healing, decreasing both hospital length of stay (LOS) for treatment of pressure ulcer and total hospital LOS, while showing no significant additional charges for treatment of pressure ulcers. The older adults are at the highest risk of developing pressure ulcers that result in prolonged hospitalization, high health care costs, increased mortality, and decreased quality of life.
Beverlin Allen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nursing research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1552-3799     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Nurs Res     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9208508     Medline TA:  Clin Nurs Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Sister Emmanuel Hospital, Miami, FL, USA.
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