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Incidence and Risk Factors for Surgically Acquired Pressure Ulcers: A Prospective Cohort Study Investigators.
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PMID:  25473881     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE:: To assess the incidence of hospital-acquired, surgery-related pressure injury (ulcers) and identify risk factors for these injuries.
DESIGN:: We used a prospective cohort study to investigate the research question.
SUBJECTS AND SETTINGS:: The study was conducted at a major metropolitan hospital iYn Brisbane, Australia. Five hundred thirty-four adult patients booked for any surgical procedure expected to last more than 30 minutes were eligible for inclusion.
METHODS:: Patients who provided informed consent for study participation were assessed for pressure ulcers, using the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Guidelines, before entering the operating room and again in the post-anesthetic care unit (PACU). Research nurses and all PACU nurses were trained in skin assessment and in pressure ulcer staging. Patients were not assessed again after their discharge from the PACU.
RESULTS:: Seven patients (1.3%) had existing pressure injuries (ulcers) and a further 6 (1.3%) developed a surgery-related pressure ulcer. Risk factors associated with surgery-related pressure injuries were similar to non-surgically related risks and included older age, skin condition, and being admitted from a location other than one's own home. Length of surgery was not associated with pressure ulcer development in this cohort.
CONCLUSION:: Perioperative nurses play an important role in identifying existing or new pressure injuries. However, many of these nurses are unfamiliar with pressure ulcer classification, so education in this area is essential. Although the incidence of surgically acquired pressure ulcers was low in this cohort, careful skin inspection before and after surgery provides an opportunity for early treatment and may prevent existing lesions progressing to higher stages.
Joan Webster; Carolyn Lister; Jean Corry; Michelle Holland; Kerrie Coleman; Louise Marquart
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-12-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing : official publication of The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society / WOCN     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1528-3976     ISO Abbreviation:  J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs     Publication Date:  2014 Dec 
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Created Date:  2014-12-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-5    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9435679     Medline TA:  J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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