Evaluating Nurses Perceptions on the Effectiveness and Usefulness of the Pediatric Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment Tool (PURAT)

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Dr. Paulette Chaponniere, Hope College

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Though often contrary to popular belief, the hospitalized pediatric population is at risk of acquiring pressure related injuries similar to those of the adult population. The purpose of this study is to determine how nurses perceive the effectiveness and usefulness of the Pediatric Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment Tool (PURAT). The desire to determine the effectiveness of the assessment tool is founded on the work of Dr. Nola Pender who in her health promotion model stressed the importance of viewing health as not only the treatment of disease but also the promotion of a client’s overall wellbeing as a direct effect of nurses’ actions. This project is a quantitative and qualitative, non-experimental, cross-sectional survey of the 219 registered nurses on the impatient pediatric floors at a Level I pediatric hospital. Descriptive statistics and correlations of data using PASW-17 will be conducted to determine the relationships between the data collected. Specific results and conclusions of these data are pending. Limitations of this study include a low survey response rate, the lack of attention to the nurses’ experience, and the bias of self-report. Through the conclusions made from these surveys, the PURAT will be modified to better suit the needs of nurses and to improve the overall effectiveness of the tool at preventing pressure related injuries in the pediatric population.

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