Assessment of Nursing Practice, Competences at Clinical to Prevent Decubitus Ulcers at Tertiary Care Hospital Lahore Pakistan

Nadeem Masih, Arfa Nadeem, Ishaq Khalid, Aasia Majeed


Introduction: Globally higher-than-anticipated decubitus ulcer rates normally viewed as a quality-of-care indicator. Numerous nations at present have no national strategies for pressure ulcer hazard appraisal, anticipation, and treatment. Decubitus ulcer led to torment and distress for patients and furthermore cause disease, defer healing, increment duration of patient's stay in hospital, and may prompt sickness and even expiry Methodology: quantitative observational descriptive study design was used to assess the nursing practice, competences at clinical to prevent decubitus ulcers at tertiary care hospital, data was collected through the standardized checklist regarding decubitus ulcer prevention. The check consists of 27 items. Results: The findings of this study revealed that there are poor practices of nurses regarding prevention of decubitus of critically ill patients. Conclusion: This study was conducted to assess level of nurses’ practice towards pressure ulcer prevention. Generally, the study showed that:  Nurses’ overall practice regarding pressure ulcer prevention was poor. Education can bring a change in individual behavior so change in knowledge can influence the practices. So, nurses need to get continuing education and training about pressure ulcer prevention that will enhance their knowledge and practices. Further researches about pressure ulcer prevention are needed.

Keywords: Decubitus ulcer, Practice, Prevention, Patient.

DOI: 10.7176/JHMN/100-06

Publication date:May 31st 2022

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