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Immobility – a major risk factor for development of pressure ulcers among adult hospitalized patients: a prospective study
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2004 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 18, no 1, 57-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective : To identify risk factors associated with pressure ulcer development among adult hospitalized medical and surgical patients.

Design : A prospective comparative study including 530 adult patients from medical and surgical wards. Registered Nurses made the data collection on admission and once a week for up to 12 weeks. The risk assessment scale used was the Risk Assessment Pressure Sore (RAPS) scale, including the following variables; general physical condition, activity, mobility, moisture, food intake, fluid intake, sensory perception, friction and shear, body temperature and serum albumin.

Results : Sixty-two (11.7%) patients developed 85 pressure ulcers. The most common pressure ulcer was that of nonblanchable erythema. Patients who developed pressure ulcers were significantly older, hospitalized for a longer time, had lower scores on the total RAPS scale, had lower weight and lower diastolic blood pressure than nonpressure ulcer patients did. In the multiple logistic regression analyses using variables included in the RAPS scale immobility emerged as a strong risk factor. When adding remaining significant variables in the analyses, mobility, time of hospitalization, age, surgical treatment and weight were found to be risk factors for pressure ulcer development.

Conclusion : It is confirmed that immobility is a risk factor of major importance for pressure ulcer development among adult hospitalized patients. The results also indicate that the RAPS scale may be useful for prediction of pressure ulcer development in clinical practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 18, no 1, 57-64 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22027DOI: 10.1046/j.0283-9318.2003.00250.xLocal ID: 1063OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-22027DiVA: diva2:242329
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2012-10-09Bibliographically approved
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1. Pressure sores: risk assessment and prevention
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2003 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aims of this thesis were to study the prevalence, incidence, prevention and treatment of pressure sores, to further develop a risk assessment scale, and test the reliability and validity of this scale, to identify risk factors for pressure sore development, and to study skin blood flow in non-blanchable erythema areas as compared to undamaged skin.

Criteria used for pressure sore assessment were persistent discoloration i.e. non-blanchable erythema, epithelial damage, and damage to the full thickness of the skin either without or with a deep cavity. The prevalence study was based on interviews, with 55 registered nurses, about 1173 patients. A Risk Assessment Pressure Sore scale, i.e. the RAPS scale consisting of twelve variables: general physical condition, activity, mobility, moisture, food intake, fluid intake, sensory perception, :fiiction and shear, skin type, bodily constitution, body temperature and serum albumin, was developed. In total 530 patients were assessed with the RAPS scale within 24 hours of admission, thereafter once a week for a maximum of twelve weeks. To estimate equivalence, 10 pairs of nurses assessed a total of 116 patients. A total of 19 blood flow measurements, in 5 patients were performed, using a Laser Doppler perfusion imager.

The prevalence of pressure sores among 1173 patients was 3.75% and the incidence among 530 patients was 11.75%. The most frequently preventive and treatment measures used were related to pressure relief. After the test of internal consistency, two variables were excluded from the RAPS scale, namely bodily constitution and skin type. The Cronbach's alpha coefficient was 0.83. The factor analyses gave three factors, termed mobility, physical condition and nutrition, with a total variance explained of 65.1%. The intraclass correlation between raters was 0.83. Sensitivity was 75% and specificity 70% among patients on medical wards and corresponding values for patients on infection wards were 80% and 69.7%, respectively. In the multiple logistic regression analyses mobility, length of hospitalisation, age, surgical treatment and weight were identified as risk factors for pressure sore development. The blood flow distribution profiles for areas with non-blanchable erythema and those for undamaged skin were found to be different. As the area of non-blanchable erythema decreased, the blood flow distribution profiles gradually became more homogeneous.

In conclusion, pressure sores are still a problem in nursing care. The RAPS scale is a reliable scale for predicting pressure sore development. The validity is especially good for patients on medical wards and infection wards. The results indicate that the scale may be useful in clinical practice. Mobility is a major risk factor and undergoing surgical treatment increases the risk of developing pressure sores. There are differences between blood flow in areas of non-blanchable erythema as compared to undamaged skin. The skin blood flow seems to increase in relation to the size of the non-blanchable erythema.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2003. 64 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 784
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27514 (URN)12170 (Local ID)91-7373-542-6 (ISBN)12170 (Archive number)12170 (OAI)
Public defence
2003-04-29, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-10-09Bibliographically approved

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