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Pressure ulcer knowledge among nurses in a Brazilian university hospital.
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PMID:  21030729     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
 To facilitate the implementation of evidence-based skin and pressure ulcer (PU) care practices and related staff education programs in a university hospital in Brazil, a cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate nurses' knowledge about PU prevention, wound assessment, and staging. Of the 141 baccalaureate nurses (BSN) employed by the hospital at the time of the study, 106 consented to participate. Using a Portuguese version of Pieper's Pressure Ulcer Knowledge Test (PUKT), participants were asked to indicate whether 33 statements about PU prevention and eight about PU assessment and staging were true or false. For the 33 prevention statements, the average number answered correctly was 26.07 (SD 4.93) and for the eight assessment statements the average was 4.59 (SD 1.62). Nurses working on inpatient clinical nursing units had significantly better scores (P = 0.000). Years of nursing experience had a weak and negative correlation with correct PUKT scores (r = -0.21, P = 0.033) as did years of experience working in the university hospital (r = -.179, P <.071). Incorrect responses were most common for statements related to patient positioning, massage, PU assessment, and staging definitions. The results of this study confirm that nurses have an overall understanding of PU prevention and assessment principles but important knowledge deficits exist. Focused continuing education efforts are needed to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based care.
Tânia Couto Machado Chianca; Jomara Figueiredo Pinto Rezende; Eline Lima Borges; Vera Lucia Nogueira; Maria Helena Larcher Caliri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ostomy/wound management     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1943-2720     ISO Abbreviation:  Ostomy Wound Manage     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8912029     Medline TA:  Ostomy Wound Manage     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  58-64     Citation Subset:  N    
Basic Nursing Department, Federal University of Minas Gerais College of Nursing, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
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