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Prognostic factors associated with pressure sore development in the immediate post-operative period

Lookup NU author(s): Jane Nixon, Emeritus Professor Senga Bond


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The purpose of this study was to identify variables associated with post-operative pressure sore incidence. The data were derived from a sequential, double triangular, randomised, blinded, controlled trial of the intra-operative use of a visco-elastic polymer pad conducted at two centres. Of 446 surgical patients recruited the main endpoint was assessed for 416 patients of whom 65 (15.6%) had a post-operative pressure sore. Analysis determined that the probability of a patient developing a pressure sore was associated with increased number of hypotensive episodes and mean core temperature during surgery, and reduced mobility Day 1 post-operatively. The development of a probability equation illustrates the future potential of prognostic factor research in the development of risk assessment tools and their application within clinical settings. © 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Nixon J, Brown J, McElvenny D, Mason S, Bond S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Nursing Studies

Year: 2000

Volume: 37

Issue: 4

Pages: 279-289

ISSN (print): 0020-7489

ISSN (electronic): 1873-491X

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/S0020-7489(99)00059-0

PubMed id: 10760535


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