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Table 4 Frequency and percentage distribution of nurses’ practice on prevention of pressure ulcer (N=248) in Gondar University Hospital, Northwest, 2014

From: Knowledge and practice of nurses towards prevention of pressure ulcer and associated factors in Gondar University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia

Nurses practice on pressure ulcer prevention Rate of nurse’s practice
Always (%) Sometimes (%) Never (%)
1. I Observe how other nurses assess the risk factors 4.8 42.3 52.9
2. I identify common contributing factors 8.1 41.1 50.8
3. I do a skin assessment 5.2 18.1 76.7
4. I use risk assessment scale 5.6 14.9 79.5
5. I document all data 12.9 17.7 69.4
6. I assess and provide management of pain 41.1 30.6 28.3
7. I perform skin care as a routine work 15.7 44.4 39.9
8. I place the pillow under the patient’s leg 7.3 32.7 60.0
9. I use water filled glove under the patient’s leg 6.5 31.0 62.5
10. I use or advice caregiver to use creams or oils 4.4 28.6 67.0
11. I pay more attention to pressure points 17.7 32.3 50.0
12. I perform lab tests 5.2 13.3 81.5
13. I provide vitamin and food 8.9 30.2 60.9
14. I monitor a protein and calorie diet 4.0 27.4 68.6
15. I avoid dragging 39.5 23.8 36.7
16. I always use a special mattress 10.9 21.0 68.1
17. I avoid massage 42.7 18.1 39.2
18. I avoid using donut – shape (ring) cushion 34.7 23.8 41.5
19. I turn a patient position every two hours. 12.9 31.9 55.2
20. I put pillows under the patient’s leg ankle 8.1 27.8 59.1
21. I always attend seminars 4.4 15.7 79.9
22. Give advice to the patient or caregiver 8.9 30.6 60.5