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Table 2 Frequency distribution of nurses’ practice score about pressure ulcer prevention in public hospitals in central zone Tigray, 2018 (N = 122)

From: Practice on pressure ulcer prevention among nurses in selected public hospitals, Tigray, Ethiopia

VariablesPractice score
Always (%)Sometimes (%)Never (%)
Observing how other nurses assess64 (52.5)50 (40.0)8 (6.6)
Identifying PU contributing factors72 (59.0)42 (34.4)8 (6.6)
Avoid dragging patients68 (55.7)42 (34.4)12 (9.8)
Avoid massaging bony prominences70 (57.4)38 (31.1)4 (11.5)
Performing skin assessment57 (46.7)52 (42.6)13 (10.7)
Using assessment scale44 (36.1)68 (49.2)10 (14.9)
Documenting all data related to PU58 (47.5)50 (41.0)14 (11.5)
Assess and provide pain management70 (57.4)36 (29.5)16 (13.1)
Providing skin care60 (49.2)49 (40.2)13(10.7)
Placing pillow under patient leg66 (54.1)47 (38.5)9 (7.4)
Using or advancing care givers to use creams57 (46.7)40 (32.8)25 (20.5)
Paying attention to pressure points63 (46.7)41 (32.8)18 (20.5)
Performing lab test for nutritional assessment58 (46.7)38 (31.1)27 (22.1)
Providing vitamins and foods for patient65 (53.3)37 (30.3)20 (16.4)
Monitoring protein and calories diet56 (45.9)49 (40.2)17 (13.9)
Using special mattress prevent PU54 (44.3)50 (41.0)18 (14.8)
Turning patient every 2 h75 (61.5)36 (29.5)11 (9.0)
Using air bed for patients at high risk52 (42.6)51 (41.8)19 (15.6)
Attending seminars for PU prevention41 (33.6)58 (47.5)23 (18.9)
Giving advice for patient or care giver85 (69.7)26 (21.3)11 (9.0)