Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
ROGENSKI, Noemi Marisa Brunet and KURCGANT, Paulina. The incidence of pressure ulcers after the implementation of a prevention protocol. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.2, pp. 333-339. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692012000200016.
Even in the present, pressure ulcers still represent a severe health problem, particularly in Intensive Care Units (ICU). This study assesses the implementation of a protocol to prevent pressure ulcers in ICU inpatients. This prospective, descriptive and exploratory study verifies the incidence of pressure ulcers following the implementation of a prevention protocol. Data were collected from April 17th to July 15th 2009. The incidence observed in this study (23.1%) was below that reported in a similar study developed in the same institution (41.02%) before the implementation of the protocols to assess risk and prevent pressure ulcers. The prevention protocols are essential tools that have an impact on controlling the incidence of pressure ulcers, when used consistently.
Keywords : Pressure Ulcer; Incidence; Nursing.