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Hawaii Med J. 1990 Sep;49(9):346, 349-50.

The 1988-1989 decubitus study. Can a standardization of treatment be set for the elderly patient with decubiti ulcers stage III?


On July 1, 1988, a 6-month study began which included 15 ICF and SNF facilities and a census of approximately 1,300 patients. Forms and instructions were sent to each facility prior to the study. Stage II to Stage IV decubiti ulcers were reported on a monthly basis. Information obtained on all decubiti included: Nutritional intake, mental state, mobility, incontinence, contributing diagnoses, decubiti sizes and locations, recurrence of decubiti sites, stages, dates healed, cultures taken and reported, and treatments given. The completed forms were mailed into the Decubitus Study Committee every 3 months being due October 1, 1988 and January 1, 1989. The forms were designed to be as brief as possible yet provide the desired information.

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