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Table 2 Nurses’ attitude towards pressure ulcer prevention, 2015 (N = 222)

From: Nurses’ attitude and perceived barriers to pressure ulcer prevention

Variables Nurses’ attitude rate
  Strongly agree N (%) Agree N (%) Neither agree nor disagree
N (%)
Disagree N (%) Strongly disagree N (%)
All patients are at risk of developing PUs 64 (28.8) 62 (28) 46 (20.7) 28 (12.6) 22 (9.9)
PU prevention is time consuming for me 34 (15.3) 59 (26.6) 39 (17.6) 34 (15.3) 56 (25.2)
In my opinion, patients tend not to get as many PUs now days. 24 (10.8) 56 (25.2) 56 (25.2) 49 (22.1) 37 (16.7)
I do not need to concern myself with PU prevention in my job. 25 (11.3) 32 (14.4) 36 (16.2) 47 (21.2) 82 (36.9)
PU treatment is greater priority than its prevention. 37 (16.7) 23 (10.4) 17 (7.7) 27 (12.1) 118 (53.1)
Most pressure ulcers can be avoided 107 (48.1) 46 (20.7) 36 (16.2) 14 (6.3) 19 (8.7)
Continuous assessment of patient will give an accurate account of their PU risk 90 (40.6) 63 (28.4) 27 (12.1) 23 (10.3) 19 (8.6)
I am less interested in PU prevention than other aspects of care 22 (9.9) 34 (15.3) 2 6 (11.8) 46 (20.7) 94 (42.3)
My clinical judgment is better than any PU risk assessment tool available to me 34 (15.3) 31 (14) 32 (14.5) 36 (16.2) 89 (40)
In comparison with other areas of care, PU prevention is a low priority for me. 48 (21.5) 51 (22.9) 70 (31.4) 33 (14.8) 21 (9.4)
PU risk assessment should be regularly carried out on all patients during their stay in hospital 94 (42.3) 46 (20.7) 34 (15.3) 26 (11.7) 22 (10)