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A national prevalence study of pressure ulcers in French hospital inpatients.
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PMID:  18833894     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain pressure ulcer prevalence rate in French hospitals. METHOD: In 2004, a cross-sectional study was conducted in all French hospitals, except university hospitals. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) staging was used. Data were collected using two self-administered questionnaires. RESULTS: A total of 37,307 inpatients in 1170 wards in 1149 hospitals were assessed, representing a response rate of 93.5%. Their mean age was 72.3 years and 62% were females. In all, 3314 patients had at least one pressure ulcer, giving a prevalence rate of 8.9%. A total of 4991 pressure ulcers were recorded; 64% of the patients had only one pressure ulcer. Fifty-five per cent of the patients had at least two concomitant diseases. When patients with only one ulcer were assessed, the most common locations were the heels (53%) and sacrum (29%). Heel pressure ulcers were more common in patients with obliterative arterial disease, and sacral pressure ulcers were more frequent in incontinent (urine, faecal and double incontinence) patients. Patients with multiple pressure ulcers had more severe lesions. CONCLUSION: These results indicate that the prevalence of pressure ulcers in French hospital inpatients has remained stable since the last prevalence study undertaken 10 years before, when the rate was 8.9%. Such studies should be encouraged in all health-care settings as a means of improving the care provided.
B Barrois; C Labalette; P Rousseau; A Corbin; D Colin; F Allaert; J L Saumet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of wound care     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0969-0700     ISO Abbreviation:  J Wound Care     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-06     Completed Date:  2008-12-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9417080     Medline TA:  J Wound Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  373-6, 378-9     Citation Subset:  N    
Rehabilitation Ward, Gonesse Hospital, France.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Aged, 80 and over
Cross-Sectional Studies
France / epidemiology
Health Status
Hospitals, Public / statistics & numerical data*
Inpatients / statistics & numerical data*
Middle Aged
Nursing Audit
Population Surveillance
Pressure Ulcer / complications,  epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Risk Factors
Severity of Illness Index
Sex Distribution
Total Quality Management
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J Wound Care. 2008 Sep;17(9):369   [PMID:  18833893 ]

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