Pressure ulcers in ICU patients

Becker, D. et al. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing | Published online: 20 April 2017

Objectives: To evaluate the incidence and risk factors of pressure ulcers (PU) in adult patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs), as well as the outcome (including ICU and hospital mortality) of these patients.

Conclusions: PU incidence is related to severity of the patient’s condition and predicted by Braden Scale score. The presence of PU is also related to adverse outcomes, such as MV duration and ICU and hospital mortality. It was also shown that patients with PU have a higher incidence of medical complications, such as acute renal failure, pneumonia, and the need for vasoactive drugs.

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