Nurses Knowledge in Presure Ulcers Management Related to the Monitoring of the Incidence and Prevalence of Pressure Ulcers: a questionnaire survey



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Praktický lékař
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Keywords General nurse; Knowlege; Pressure ulcers; Monitoring
Description Introduction: An effective monitoring of the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers necessitates a uniform data collection methodology based on nurses’ knowledge of pressure ulcers. Aim: The aim of the study was to investigate the knowledge among general nurses in the management of pressure ulcers (prevention, identification and therapy) in connection with monitoring and recording the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers. Method: Quantitative survey was done. The standardised questionnaire “Pressure Ulcer Knowledge Test – PUKT” has been used. Statistical analysis of the data was performed using the Spearman correlation coefficient and Mann-Whitney rank test at the statistical level < 0.05. Results: General nurses (n=40) from three university hospitals in the Czech Republic involved in the project “Register of Pressure ulcers” undergoing special training, and general nurses (n = 194) not involved in the project activities. The cut-off point for PUKT questionnaire is 90% succesful rate. The overall success rate of correct answers in our sample was 75.5%. The lowest success rate of correct answers was in the category of knowledge related to nursing interventions (57.6% of correct answers). University educated nurses showed better knowledge compared to nurses with secondary education (p = 0.04). There was no significant difference in the level of knowledge between respondents with and without special training and education. Conclusion: The data analysis showed insufficient respondents’ knowledge of pressure ulcers. The higher level of the undergraduate education the better results in the knowledge test. Nurses with special training were able to better differentiate PUs and IAD.
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