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ESPERON GUIMIL, José Antonio et al. Iatrogenic pressure ulcers of nasal location. Gerokomos [online]. 2010, vol.21, n.1, pp.29-36. ISSN 1134-928X.

Introduction: One of the risks of using endonasal tubes (ET) is the development of pressure ulcers (PU). Aim: to find out the incidence of patients with nasal PU, study the risks factors for its development and find the predictable variables. Methods: a twelve-month observational and prospective study was carried out in critically ill patients carrying a ET admitted to our intensive care unit. Conclusion: time of stay and time spent carrying the ET, along with the anaemia, is statistically associated with the development of nasal PU. The multivariate study showed that the time spent carrying the ET is the most influential variable in the developmente of nasal PU.

Keywords : Intensive care; iatrogenic disease; gastrointestinal intubation; pressure ulcer; endonasal tube.

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