Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
versión impresa ISSN 0080-6234
MALAQUIAS, Suelen Gomes et al. People with vascular ulcers in outpatient nursing care: a study of sociodemographic and clinical variables. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.2, pp. 302-310. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000200006.
The aim of this study was to analyze the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of people with vascular ulcers and to investigate the association between these variables. This cross-sectional, observational clinical study was conducted in outpatient clinics from February to August 2009. Interview, clinical exam, Pressure Ulcer Scale Healing and photographic registry of the wounds were performed. Forty-two individuals participated who were, on average, 60 (± 12) years old, 73.8% males, with single wounds (66.7%) resulting from alterations in venous circulation (90.5%). Their wounds had lasted for up to one year (55.5%). There was an association between the PUSH score (p=0.019) and depth of wound (p=0.027) with currently performing occupational activity, as well as between history of tobacco use and gender (p=0.049). The sociodemographic characteristics that were observed were similar to the others, except for being male, which indicates the need for more studies in the population in Goiânia, Brazil.
Palabras llave : Varicose ulcer; Leg ulcer; Wound healing; Nursing care.