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Predicting pressure ulcer development in surgical patients.
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PMID:  3192408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The primary purpose of this study was to determine whether a modified Norton scale at admission to the hospital would predict which patients would develop pressure ulcers when hospitalized for surgery for a period of up to 3 weeks. The sample was composed of 387 adult patients admitted for elective cardiovascular surgery or neurosurgery. By regression analysis, no difference was found in the modified Norton scale scores for those who did and those who did not have pressure ulcers during hospitalization. Pressure ulcers developed in 67 subjects during hospitalization. The modified Norton scale was not more sensitive for older subjects than for younger subjects in this sample. The knee and lateral malleolus were the sites of the most severe pressure ulcers. Subjects who were hospitalized for longer periods had more severe ulcers. Future research is needed to more precisely determine which patients in the acute care setting are at risk for the development of pressure ulcers.
N A Stotts
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Heart & lung : the journal of critical care     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0147-9563     ISO Abbreviation:  Heart Lung     Publication Date:  1988 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-12-28     Completed Date:  1988-12-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330057     Medline TA:  Heart Lung     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  641-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Physiological Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco 94143-0610.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*
Surgical Procedures, Operative*

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