The first national pressure ulcer prevalence survey in county council and municipality settings in Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The first national pressure ulcer prevalence survey in county council and municipality settings in Sweden
Author(s) Gunningberg, Lena ; Hommel, Ami ; Bååth, Carina ; Idvall, Ewa
Date 2012
English abstract
Aim: To report data from the first national pressure ulcer prevalence survey in Sweden on prevalence, pressure ulcer categories, locations and preventive interventions for persons at risk for developing pressure ulcers. Methods: A cross-sectional research design was used in a total sample of 35 058 persons in hospitals and nursing homes. The methodology used was that recommended by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Results: The prevalence of pressure ulcers was 16.6% in hospitals and 14.5% in nursing homes. Many persons at risk for developing pressure ulcers did not receive a pressure-reducing mattress (23.3–27.9%) or planned repositioning in bed (50.2–57.5%). Conclusions: Despite great effort on the national level to encourage the prevention of pressure ulcers, the prevalence is high. Public reporting and benchmarking are now available, evidence-based guidelines have been disseminated and national goals have been set. Strategies for implementing practices outlined in the guidelines, meeting goals and changing attitudes must be further developed.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2753.2012.01865.x (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Host/Issue Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice;5
Volume 19
ISSN 1365-2753
Pages 862–867
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) hospital
nursing home
pressure ulcer
prevalence
prevention
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14025 (link to this page)

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