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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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Abstract

MIYAZAKI, Margareth Yuri; CALIRI, Maria Helena Larcher  and  SANTOS, Claudia Benedita dos. Knowledge on Pressure Ulcer Prevention Among Nursing Professionals. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.6, pp. 1203-1211. ISSN 0104-1169.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692010000600022.

This study aimed to describe and to analyze knowledge on pressure ulcer prevention among nursing team members working in direct care to adult and elderly patients at a university hospital. A descriptive and exploratory research was carried out between January and March 2009, after approval by the Research Ethics Committee at the study institution. Data were collected through a validated questionnaire. Participants were 386 professionals, of whom 64.8% were nursing auxiliaries/technicians and 35.2% baccalaureate nurses (BSN). The mean percentage of correct answers on the knowledge test was 79.4% (SD=8.3%) for nurses and 73.6% (SD=9.8%) for nursing auxiliaries/technicians. Both professional categories display knowledge deficits in some areas related to the theme. The identification of deficient areas can guide strategic planning with a view to the dissemination and adoption of prevention measures by the team.

Keywords : Pressure Ulcer; Evidence-Based Nursing; Nursing, Team.

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