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Risk indicators for pressure ulcers during surgery

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Patients undergoing surgery are prone to develop pressure ulcers during surgery. The aim of this study was to identify pressure ulcer risk indicators in patients undergoing surgery which lasted more than four hours. A prospective follow-up study was conducted in 208 patients. Data on presence or absence of pressure ulcers and risk indicators were collected preoperatively, during
surgery, and postoperatively. The results show that of the many indicators recorded, the only predictor of pressure ulcers was length of surgery. Because it is not possible to influence the length of the surgery, prevention should primarily be aimed at decreasing pressure and shearing forces during surgery.

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Schoonhoven, Lisette, Defloor, Tom, van der Tweel, Ingeborg, Buskens, Erik and Grypdonck, Maria H. F. (2002) Risk indicators for pressure ulcers during surgery Applied Nursing Research, 15, (3), pp. 163-173. (doi:10.1053/apnr.2002.34145). (PMID:12173167).

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Published date: August 2002
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 339754
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/339754
ISSN: 0897-1897
PURE UUID: c7a4f111-d3be-43f8-a185-a0d38a737ca3
ORCID for Lisette Schoonhoven: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7129-3766

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Date deposited: 08 Jun 2012 13:57
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:52

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Author: Tom Defloor
Author: Ingeborg van der Tweel
Author: Erik Buskens
Author: Maria H. F. Grypdonck

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