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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
On-line version ISSN 1518-8345
FERNANDES, Luciana Magnani and CALIRI, Maria Helena Larcher. Using the braden and glasgow scales to predict pressure ulcer risk in patients hospitalized at intensive care units. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.6, pp.973-978. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692008000600006.
Pressure ulcers remain a major health issue for critical patients. The purpose of this descriptive and exploratory study was to analyze the risk factors for the development of pressure ulcers in patients hospitalized at an intensive care unit of a university hospital. Patients were assessed through the Braden scale to determine the risk for the development of pressure ulcers and to identify individual risks, and the Glasgow scale was used to assess their consciousness. It was found that the risks associated with pressure ulcer development were: low scores on the Braden Scale on the first hospitalization day and low scores on the Glasgow scale. The results showed that these tools can help nurses to identify patients at risk, with a view to nursing care planning.
Keywords : pressure ulcer; risk factors; intensive care.