Small study finds 27.7% prevalence of pressure ulcers in paediatric hospitals in Switzerland, with many cases caused by external medical devices
- School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Correspondence to Lisa M Kohr
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 418 Curie Blvd, Rm 424 Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Schlüer and colleagues conducted a multicenter point prevalence study of paediatric pressure ulcers in neonatal intensive care units, paediatric medical and surgical wards, and rehabilitation care settings in four hospitals in Switzerland. The investigators used a convenience sample comprising neonates (including premature infants) and children aged 24 hours to 17 years. They used the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel guidelines and the Braden scale (adult-based) for direct and systematic skin evaluations.
A pressure ulcer prevalence of 27.7% was found in the study sample. By setting, 85% of neonatal intensive care unit, 70% of …