Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebn1044
  • Prevalence
  • Cross-sectional study

Wound prevalence in community care settings in Ireland ranges from 2.7% in prisons to 33.5% in intellectual disability services, with pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, self-inflicted abrasions and surgical wounds the most common

  1. Michael Clark
  1. Correspondence to Michael Clark
    Welsh Wound Network, 210 Capella House, Cardiff CF10 4RE, UK; michael.clark21{at}
  • Published Online First 20 April 2010

Commentary on:

McDermott-Scales and colleagues report a communitybased point prevalence survey of chronic and acute wounds conducted in 2007 within an unspecified geographical area in Ireland. This is one of a growing number of population-based wound prevalence surveys,1 2 although it may be unique in that it includes only community care locations rather than a mix of acute and community services. The study provides data obtained within addiction and prison services previously unreported in other surveys.

The survey was based on reporting of wounds by 148 nurses invited to participate (responses from 144, 97.2% response). Although the survey questionnaire was said to be based on a validated tool, it had been modified. No information was provided on the …

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