Many nurses are tasked with caring for bed-ridden patients both at home and in the hospitals. In the process of giving the care, it is important to ensure that the patients do not develop other problems such as pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers present a significant problem in healthcare. For instance, pressure ulcers are very painful, and they also act as avenues for infections that can result in permanent wounds and loss of life. There are modern technologies such as mechanically actuated smart hospital beds that are designed to help in the prevention of pressure ulcers. However, not all hospitals and families have access to the beds. In the absence of such technologies, nurses have to turn the patients manually. Due to the high incidence of pressure ulcers, I decided to select an evidence-based article on pressure ulcers. Hence, I chose the article pressure ulcer prevention knowledge among Jordanian nurses: a cross-sectional study.
The Process of Identifying the Article
I used the internet to search for databases that contain information on life sciences. I identified two databases the EMBASE and Medline. I settled on Medline because it has medical, dental, and nursing journals. I then searched for Medline and found that it could be accessed through ProQuest, Web Knowledge, EBSCO, and PubMed. The sites required membership subscriptions to gain access except for PubMed. Thus, I chose PubMed. To access the article in the PubMed search site, I refined the search to full free articles. I then used the keywords ‘pressure ulcers and knowledge’. This provided me with many articles. I read the abstracts for the various articles and opted for the article.
The sections of the research article that I read included the background information, objectives, study design, setting and sampling, methods of data collection, data analysis, results, and discussion. The discussion section provided comprehensive information that explored pressure ulcer prevention based on the study findings.
There was succinct information that related to each section. The arrangement of the information allowed the clear flow of information. It explored the common issues that relate to the prevention of pressure ulcers and the study methodology employed. The content in the various sections was recognizable; hence, there was no section with unfamiliar information.
According to Qaddumi and Khawaldeh (2014), inadequate knowledge and lack of skills in the nursing fraternity contribute to an increased incidence of pressure ulcers. There are up-to-date protocols for the prevention of pressure ulcers. However, many nurses are not aware of the protocols and the current evidence-based practices (Qaddumi & Khawaldeh, 2014). Therefore, the primary purpose of the study was to explore knowledge levels about pressure ulcers among Jordanian nurses. In addition, the study aimed at establishing the sources of knowledge and the common barriers to the implementation of guidelines for pressure ulcer prevention.
The implication of the Study Purpose
The purpose of the study was to describe the challenges that relate to the prevention of pressure ulcers among Jordanian nurses. This is because the study explored the knowledge level of pressure ulcers among nurses. It also pointed to the common differences that were inherent among the participating nurses. The knowledge level was described as the training, age, and the places the nurses obtained the knowledge. The description entailed the identification of the barriers that prevented the nurses from pressure ulcer prevention.
Qaddumi, J., & Khawaldeh, A. (2014). Pressure ulcer prevention knowledge among Jordanian nurses: a cross-sectional study. BMC Nursing, 13 (6), 1-8.