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Knowledge and Attitudes of Nurses on Pressure Injury Prevention and Care
AuthorBrooks, Jasen Robert
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AbstractEach year, more than 2.5 million people develop pressure injuries, which contribute to pain, infection risk, and increased healthcare utilization, and are considered indicators of quality of care. Knowledge and attitudes toward pressure injuries influence interventions and outcomes. Existing evidence demonstrates that gaps are key factors in assessment, prevention, and treatment of pressure injuries. MethodsA cross sectional survey of nurses’ responses to the PK-PUKT and Moore and Price instrument distributed by snowball sampling.ResultsResults demonstrate gaps in knowledge, attitude is generally positive and behavior barriers. This may account for the prevalence of pressure injuries, and demonstrates the need for improved education, undergraduate nursing instruction, and research in the field of pressure injury risk assessment, prevention, and care, to effect outcome improvement.ConclusionsDue to sample size limitations, no conclusions can be drawn from this study.