Pressure Ulcer Treatment in Pediatric Patients

Anna-Barbara Schlueer*, Jos M. G. A. Schols, Ruud J. G. Halfens

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To assess pressure ulcer (PrU) treatment in Swiss hospitalized pediatric patients and to determine whether there are differences in PrU treatment, according to demographic characteristics of the patients.A descriptive multicenter point prevalence study was conducted in June 2009 in all German-speaking pediatric hospitals in Switzerland.All hospitalized patients from birth up to 17 years or younger in 14 Swiss pediatric hospitals, including all pediatric departments, were assessed.A total of 412 patients participated in this study.The instrument and method of the Dutch National Prevalence Measurement of Care Problems were used.Thirty-five percent of the patients had a PrU. Almost all of these PrUs (94.1%) were of category 1. The most severe PrUs occurred in patients older than 8 years. Age of the patient and department were the only characteristics that significantly influenced the occurrence of PrU categories 2 to 4. Pressure ulcer categories 2 to 4 were mostly covered with hydrocolloid or polyurethane foam dressings. No pediatric-specific guideline regarding PrU treatment is used in the involved hospitals.Most patients had category 1 PrUs, so appropriate prevention to decrease any further trauma in these patients was necessary. Severe PrUs (categories 2-4) are mostly limited to older pediatric (aged >8 years) patients with chronic conditions or after surgery intervention. A PrU treatment guideline adapted for pediatric needs is recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-510
JournalAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • pressure ulcer
  • pediatric nursing
  • wound care in pediatrics
  • negative-pressure wound therapy

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