Title

The Risk of Risk Assessment: Pressure Ulcer Assessment and the Braden Scale

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Annals of Long-Term Care

Volume

23

Issue

5

Comments

This article was published in Annals of Long-Term care, Volume 23, Issue 5.

The published version is available at http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/issue/3345.

Copyright © HMP Communications, 2015.

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