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In American journal of critical care : an official publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

BACKGROUND : Pressure injuries are an important problem in hospital care. Detecting the population at risk for pressure injuries is the first step in any preventive strategy. Available tools such as the Norton and Braden scales do not take into account all of the relevant risk factors. Data mining and machine learning techniques have the potential to overcome this limitation.

OBJECTIVES : To build a model to detect pressure injury risk in intensive care unit patients and to put the model into production in a real environment.

METHODS : The sample comprised adult patients admitted to an intensive care unit (N = 6694) at University Hospital of Torrevieja and University Hospital of Vinalopó. A retrospective design was used to train (n = 2508) and test (n = 1769) the model and then a prospective design was used to test the model in a real environment (n = 2417). Data mining was used to extract variables from electronic medical records and a predictive model was built with machine learning techniques. The sensitivity, specificity, area under the curve, and accuracy of the model were evaluated.

RESULTS : The final model used logistic regression and incorporated 23 variables. The model had sensitivity of 0.90, specificity of 0.74, and area under the curve of 0.89 during the initial test, and thus it outperformed the Norton scale. The model performed well 1 year later in a real environment.

CONCLUSIONS : The model effectively predicts risk of pressure injury. This allows nurses to focus on patients at high risk for pressure injury without increasing workload.

Ladios-Martin Mireia, Fernández-de-Maya José, Ballesta-López Francisco-Javier, Belso-Garzas Adrián, Mas-Asencio Manuel, Cabañero-Martínez María José