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The Effect of New Guideline Training among Iranian Nurses for Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Authors: Rahim Baghaei and NooshinSalmany Azar

Int J Med Res Health Sci.215-222 | pdf PDF Full Text

We aimed to determine the effect of training of new guideline on Pressure ulcer (PU) prevention in the intensive
care units (ICUs). PU is the third costly disorder with high mortality and morbidity. Thus reduction of PU incidence
is very important and effective step for health systems. PU is one of the most common medical conditions, occurring
in both hospital and community settings, in all age groups, but mostly among the elderly, the immobile, and patients
with severe acute and chronic illnesses or neurological deficits. This semi-experimental study was conducted on
high-risk patients with a Norton scale score of 16, while they had daily care for PU prevention. Patients were
randomly divided into two equal groups of intervention and control patients in each. The control group was
assessed with routine care o PU prevention in the first three months of the study. Then the nurses were trained with
the new guideline and after that the data were collected again in the second three months period. The data were
analyzed through the SPSS statistical software (version 13). results showed that new guideline training program
was associated with decreased risk of PU. Education of the new guideline on PU is an effective way to decrease the
rate of PU in (ICUs). Training the new care guideline of the PU prevention for the involved nurses probably can
reduce the incidence rate of pressure ulcer.

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