Braden scale

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Braden Scale

an assessment tool for predicting the risk of pressure ulcers, based on the total of scores given in the categories sensory perception, moisture, activity, mobility, nutrition, and friction and shear.

Braden scale

[Barbara Braden, contemporary U.S. nurse]
A validated assessment tool commonly used to quantify a patient's degree of risk for developing a pressure ulcer. Each assessment parameter is measured on a scale from high risk of 1 to low risk of 3 or 4. The parameters include sensory perception, moisture, activity, mobility, nutrition, and friction and shear, with a possible total score range of 4 to 23. The lower the total score, the higher the risk for pressure ulcer development. Patients are at risk for developing pressure ulcers if the total score is less than 17. Patients need to be assessed on a regular basis.

Patient care

For optimal risk assessment the scale should be used repeatedly.

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1996) stated that there was no significant difference whether or not the nurses correctly predicted the risk of developing pressure ulcers, in contrast to the Braden Scale was the most highly significant finding between the pressure ulcer positive and pressure ulcer negative groups.
2005) reported that the predictive validity of the Norton Scale, the Braden Scale and the 4-factor model was poor, because some variables are, for example, not included in the Norton Scale, although they are relevant to the ICU population, such as shear and friction, or activity, nutrition and mobility, which are missing in the 4-factor model.
Validiteit en betrouwbaaheid van een meetinstrument voor het risico van decubitus (The Braden Scale.
A clinical trail of the Braden scale for predicting pressure sore risk.
BRADEN SCALE FOR PREDICTING PRESSURE SORE RISK Patient's Name () Evaluator's Name () Date of Assessment () SENSORY 1.