Background: A pressure ulcer is an injury to the skin that occurs when a patient lies or sits too long in the same position. All nurses are at the forefront of predicting patients at risk for PU. Of course the prevention of PU has generally is considering the responsibility of nursing staff. Healthcare professionals need to be able to benchmark the care they deliver against standards that ensure the patient receives the best possible care. Aim: to evaluate the nurses' knowledge regarding bedsores’ preventive measures at Saudi Arabia. Methods: Descriptive (cross- sectional study). This study was conducted at General Mohyeil Hospital and Rijal Alma Hospital, from October 2012 to February 2012. The study sample consisted of 38 staff nurses from different departments or units. Results: In the study sample the characteristics of staff nurses were both sex, ranged from 24 years (50%) to 43 years (15.8%), are working in different areas medical (42.11%), surgical (13.2%), ER (13.2), ICU (21%), and 10.5 in artificial kidney unit, the majority of the nurses (76.3%) pay attention to give the patient and family health education about how to prevent bed sores. In addition there are significant correlation (0.026) between years of experiences and don’t elevate the high risk patient above 20 degree. Conclusions: The study concluded that prevalence of pressure sores are developing at factors, also nurses knowledge were good in comprehensive skin assessment within 24 hours of admission. As well as most of nurses were not conscious regarding the degree of bed elevation for high risk patient.
Keywords: Nurses, Knowledge, Bed sores