Patients who are confined to bed are at the risk for developing decubitus ulcer on the body prominences areas.
The aim of the study was to assess the effectiveness of olive oil massage on prevention of decubitus ulcer among bedridden patients.
The research design adopted for the study was a Quasi-experimental (pretest posttest control group) design.
The tool consisted of demographic variables (personal data and clinical data) and observation checklist to assess the signs and symptoms of decubitus ulcer.
The study sample consisted of 40, (20 control and 20 experimental)in which olive oil massage were provided twice daily for 7 days in experimental group. The pressure points of decubitus ulcer was assessed by using the observation checklist.
The main findings of the study shown that there were reduction in the signs and symptoms of decubitus ulcer in experimental group as compared to control group. The mean score in pretest was 1 which reduced to 0.6 in day 7 posttest without further increase in experimental group. In control group, the mean score in pretest was 0.6 which increased to 2 in day 7 posttest, indicating that decubitus ulcer increased significantly without olive oil massage.
The study revealed that olive oil massage was effective on prevention of decubitus ulcer.