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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

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BITENCOURT, Graziele Ribeiro; ALVES, Luise de Almeida Ferreira  and  SANTANA, Rosimere Ferreira. Practice of use of diapers in hospitalized adults and elderly: cross-sectional study. Rev. Bras. Enferm. [online]. 2018, vol.71, n.2, pp.343-349. ISSN 1984-0446.


analyze the practice of use of diapers in adults and elderly in hospital.


observational cross-sectional study, with a sample of 105 participants assigned according to the data collection period, from September 2013 to January 2014, in the surgical clinic wards in a University Hospital.


it was observed that 38% of the 105 participants of the study did not need the use of diapers. 18% used it because they were disabled and 16% had their cognitive system damaged. As they were hospitalized, it was identified that 51.4% of patients were there ranging from 02 to 10 days, and 60% used diapers for the same period. It is also identified that long term urinary catheter (24.8%), as technology associated to diapers in the urinary control and to pressure ulcers (12.4%), being the main complication.


the use of diapers did not have specific criteria to be selected. For this, it was proposed an "Evaluation Scale of Diapers Use in Adults", as for indication as for its monitoring to help the study transposal for the nursing practice.

Keywords : Adults Diapers; Geriatric Nursing; Nursing Care; Biomedical Technology; Elderly.

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