Adoption of research-based practice for treatment of pressure ulcers in long-term care.
NLM Title Abbreviation
Implementation of a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of electrotherapy on pressure ulcer healing provided the stimulus for adoption of research-based innovations for pressure ulcer treatment in one long-term care facility. A five-year retrospective study conducted prior to introduction of the clinical trial revealed that 72 different treatments were applied to pressure ulcers. Forty-two percent of the pressure ulcers were left open to the air or covered with a dry gauze dressing and 64% were treated with some type of antiseptic solution. Since implementation of the clinical trial and the accompanying access to wound healing research knowledge it provided in this setting, the prevailing treatment for pressure ulcers has become moist physiologic dressings.
Published Article/Book Citation
Decubitus, 5:1 (1992) pp.44-5, 48-54.