Quantitative Research Report

Relationship of Poor Nutrition in Regards to Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
    Carinna Yakush
  November 21, 2010
        Grand Canyon University

  Relationship of Poor Nutrition in Regards to Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
“Pressure ulcers (PrUs) are the most frequent secondary condition in patients with spinal-cord injury (SCI)” (Bauman, Collins, Ho, Powell, Spungen 2010, pp.1).   Nurses come in contact with pressure ulcers no matter what field they work in.   Healthcare professionals are constantly and consistently researching and putting new efforts into the field to try to prevent, as well as speed the healing of pressure ulcers.   Many different components are taken into consideration when dealing with pressure ulcer treatment and prevention, including bed positioning, age, diseases, the patient’s immune system, wound care, and nutrition.   Nursing focuses on all of these aspects as nurses take care of the whole patient, not just the specific problem initially presented.
The objective of the research study was to evaluate the efficacy for the healing of pressure ulcers in spinal-cord injury patients receiving negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) compared to those individuals with spinal-cord injuries receiving standard wound care alone (NoNPWT).   The specific research question to be answered in this study can be stated as: Was there a difference in the proportion of spinal-cord injury patients receiving NPWT treatment and NoNPWT treatment regarding a decrease in wound surface area after the 28 day observational study.   The hypothesis states there will be no significant difference in the wound surface area of the pressure ulcers between the spinal-cord injury patients with pressure ulcers in the NPWT treated group and the NoNPWT treated group.   The treatment of pressure ulcers with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is considered the independent variable and the dependent variable would...