Risk factors associated with pressure ulcers in the pediatric patient following open--heart surgeryProgress in cardiovascular nursing
NLM Title AbbreviationProg Cardiovasc Nurs
AbstractFrom 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.
- Cardiac Surgical Procedures,
- Postoperative Complications/etiology,
- Pressure Ulcer/etiology/nursing/prevention & control,
- Retrospective Studies,
- Risk Factors
Published Article/Book CitationProgress in cardiovascular nursing, 4:3 (1989) pp.99-106.
Citation InformationJ. R. Neidig, Charmaine Kleiber and R. A. Oppliger. "Risk factors associated with pressure ulcers in the pediatric patient following open--heart surgery" Progress in cardiovascular nursing Vol. 4 Iss. 3 (1989) p. 99 - 106 ISSN: 0889-7204
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/charmaine_kleiber/3/