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An integrated system for the management of decubitus ulcers
Tomasz Gajda, Ewa Kuk, Tadeusz S. Gaździk
Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2005; 7(1):72-78
ICID: 443078
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 6.66
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Background. The purpose of this article is to draw closer attention to a particularly important orthopedic problem: the prevention and early treatment of decubitus ulcers (bedsores).
Material and methods. We retrospectively analyzed medical documentation for all orthopedic patients seen in our clinic during the period 1997-2003 (a total of 13,710 patients), and treated in accordance with an in-house protocol.
Results. There were 3,061 patients (22.3% of all hospitalized) classified as high risk for decubitus ulcers. During the 7-year observation period, decubitus ulcers began to form in 103 patients, which comes to 0.42-1.49% of all orthopedic patients hospitalized each year. We observed a decreased incidence during the period in question; in the last year, 2003, 4.7% of the high-risk patients developed decubitus ulcers.
Conclusions. Therapeutic success depends on effective cooperation between physicians and nurses.

ICID 443078
PMID 17675960 - click here to show this article in PubMed
 
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