Pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers are considered a significant issue, primarily affecting immobilized patients. Pressure ulcers often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body such as the hips, ankles, heels, and tailbone (Coleman et al., 2014). There has been a literature gap existing between the treatment methods for pressure ulcers and information concerning the use of olive oil products in the treatment of pressure ulcers has not been entirely reviewed and provided. In this regard, this paper was developed to examine literature sources concerned with a pressure ulcer, the treatment of the same and the relationship with olive oil products and develop a summary of the same.

The literature review was performed by first obtaining the articles from online databases. The databases that were used included google scholar, Academic Search Complete, and the Wiley Library to receive the nursing articles. The selection of articles was based on their relevance to the study and the type of research undertaken by the same. A review of each article was conducted identifying the main implications that each of these articles provided and noting them down and then reviewing the same again to understand what the articles provided clearly. After consideration of the articles selected, the PINCH table was then developed based on each of the four articles.

The statistics concerning the sample and results were significant in the study as they helped to notice the type of research undertaken and they provided quantitative information concerning the study results and sample analyzed. The problem statement for the study was to examine if the use of olive-oil-based products on immobilized patients decrease the prevalence of pressure ulcers. Therefore, the literature sources to be reviewed had to have some information concerning both pressure ulcers and olive oil products as they are used in the treatment of the same.

The literature that was reviewed was well constructed in the sense that they provided clear and concise information regarding pressure ulcers, the prevention of pressure ulcers, how the use of olive oil products in treating pressure ulcers may affect the treatment process and why these products can be employed in the treatment of the same (Xu et al., 2015). Based on the review, the strengths of the articles reviewed was that they were all well-constructed as literature sources containing enough details of the methods, sample data, and the results that they obtained from the studies. Moreover, each of the articles answered the research objective that they were aimed at achieving, backed with evidence from the results obtained, thereby showing that the articles contained proper information.

The Review of Literature added a lot of knowledge to my current understanding of pressure ulcer. To begin with, I had an idea that the pressure ulcer could be treated using the olive oil products but the idea was not sufficient and had no proof. Through the Review of Literature, I have had enough evidence of the process and information concerning the treatment of the same using the olive oil products (Jackson et al., 2011). Moreover, I have learned that the olive oil products enhance the timeline for not only the treatment of this pressure ulcer but also the treatment using this approach are more efficient as compared to other tropical methods of treatment of pressure ulcer (Lupiañez-Perez et al., 2015). Therefore, it is evident that the literature review helped to increase my knowledge on the topic and it was important to critique the articles and obtain additional information on the subject.


Coleman, S., Nixon, J., Keen, J., Wilson, L., McGinnis, E., Dealey, C., … & Cuddigan, J. (2014). A new pressure ulcer conceptual framework. Journal of advanced nursing70(10), 2222-2234. From doi: 10.1111/jan.12405.

Jackson, M., McKenney, T., Drumm, J., Merrick, B., LeMaster, T., & VanGilder, C. (2011). Pressure ulcer prevention in high-risk postoperative cardiovascular patients. Critical care nurse31(4), 44-53. From doi: 10.4037/ccn2011830

Lupiañez-Perez, I., Uttumchandani, S. K., Morilla-Herrera, J. C., Martin-Santos, F. J., Fernandez-Gallego, M. C., Navarro-Moya, F. J., … & Morales-Asencio, J. M. (2015). Topical olive oil is not inferior to hyperoxygenated fatty aids to prevent pressure ulcers in high-risk immobilised patients in home care. Results of a multicentre randomised triple-blind controlled non-inferiority trial. PloS one10(4), e0122238. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122238

Xu, J., Xiong, T., Yang, Y., Li, J., & Mao, J. (2015). Resina Draconis as a topical treatment for pressure ulcers: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Wound Repair and Regeneration23(4), 565-574.

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