The Risk of Risk Assessment: Pressure Ulcer Assessment and the Braden Scale
The accuracy of the Braden Scale is dependent on what the assessor perceives as the meaning of the parameters and how he or she understands the individuals’ risk. It requires that facilities encourage and expect the staff to exercise their nursing judgment in determining risk beyond the six components of the scale. Since no risk assessment can completely identify all of the factors that contribute to the development of wounds, LTC facilities should revisit their policies to provide support for nursing judgment to identify residents at risk for wounds beyond the limitations of formal risk assessment scales, including a validated tool such as the Braden Scale.
Annals of Long-Term Care
Warner-Maron, Ilene, "The Risk of Risk Assessment: Pressure Ulcer Assessment and the Braden Scale" (2015). PCOM Scholarly Papers. 1642.