Supakrit Auiwattanakul, Winai Ungpinitpong, Surakrant Yutthakasemsunt, Supawan Buranapin, Kaweesak Chittawatanarat
Introduction: The authors aimed to estimate the prevalence of pressure ulcers and to explore the nutritional effects of the prognostic factors on successful pressure ulcer closure in a public tertiary care hospital in Thailand. Patients and Methods: The study was a retrospective cohort analysis of seven-year census (2008 – 2014) at Surin hospital in Thailand. There were 424 of total 240,826 patients aged over than 15 years admitted to surgery, orthopedics and medicine wards during the study period with documented pressure ulcers (ICD 10TM). We analyzed four hundred and ten patients after excluding 14 patients with non-pressure ulcers (due to burning/ diabetic/ ischemic neuropathic ulcers, and less than 24 hours of admission) and loss medical record. We selected independent factors from demographic data, nutritional factors, pressure ulcer characteristics, and management data. The outcome of interest was successful pressure ulcer closure. The analysis method was the semi-parametric Cox regression model and reported as Hazard Ratios (HR) with 95% confidence interval (95% CI). Results: The total hospital admission was 240,826 patients between 2008 – 2014. 410 patients were developing pressure ulcers, of these, 7% (28/410) success in ulcer closure, and 77% (314/410) failure in closure requiring for additional procedures (excisional debridement). The rest of patients (16%, 68/410) was non-operative care. The prevalence of pressure ulcers was 1.7 per 1,000 person-year. The multivariable model found that only the Nottingham Hospital Screening Tool (NS) score was a statistically significant nutritional variable, and additional subgroup analysis of two models of sepsis and spinal cord co-morbidities was also significant. Adjusted hazard ratios (HR) for NS score = 0.355 (95%CI: 0.187, 0.674), p=0.002), for sepsis = 0.312 (95%CI: 0.140, 0.695), p=0.004), and for spinal cord co-morbidity = 0.420 (95%CI: 0.184, 0.958), p=0.039). Conclusions: The annual prevalence was 1.7 per 1,000 persons. NS score was strongly associated with ulcer closure success.
[Mater Sociomed 2017; 29(3.000): 196-200]
Keywords: Nottingham Hospital Screening Tool (NS), pressure ulcers prevalence, pressure ulcer closure, nutritional factors