Title

Risk factors associated with pressure ulcers in the pediatric patient following open--heart surgery

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

7-1-1989

NLM Title Abbreviation

Prog Cardiovasc Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Progress in cardiovascular nursing

PubMed ID

2813324

Abstract

From a retrospective chart audit conducted on 59 infants and children who had survived open-heart surgery, 16.9% were found to have developed ulcers on the occipital region of their scalps during the postoperative period. Four risk factors were identified: age, type of congenital heart defect, length of time intubated, and length of stay in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). A protocol designed to decrease the amount of pressure and shearing force applied to the occipital region of these patients postoperatively was implemented. A dramatic decline to 4.8% in the incidence of pressure ulcers was noted after implementation of the protocol.

Keywords

Cardiac Surgical Procedures, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Male, Postoperative Complications/etiology, Pressure Ulcer/etiology/nursing/prevention & control, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors

Published Article/Book Citation

Progress in cardiovascular nursing, 4:3 (1989) pp.99-106.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/832