Nurses’ knowledge of pressure ulcer risk assessment
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Nurses’ knowledge of pressure ulcer risk assessment

Jamuna Joseph Staff nurse, Rookwood Hospital, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff.
Sian Davies Clifton Retired lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University, Cardiff.

Pressure ulcers are a largely avoidable, but serious health problem in the UK. Nurses should be knowledgeable of the signs and symptoms of pressure ulcers, and preventive strategies to reduce their incidence. This article explores the literature on nurses’ understanding and use of risk assessment tools to identify patients at increased risk of developing pressure ulcers and how, if at all, this contributes to fewer pressure ulcers in the healthcare setting.

Nursing Standard. 27, 33, 54-60. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 21 June 2012

Accepted: 11 January 2013