Norton scale


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Norton scale

(nort′ŏn)
A scale used to predict the likelihood a patient will develop pressure ulcers. The patient is rated from 1 (low risk) to 4 (high risk) using the following five criteria: physical condition, mental condition, activity, mobility, and incontinence. See: table
* The patient is rated from 1 to 4 on the five risk factors listed. A score of ≤14 indicates risk for decubitus ulcers, or pressure sores. SOURCE: Doreen Norton, Rhoda McLaren, and A.N. Exton-Smith. An investigation of geriatric nursing problems in the hospital. London: National Corporation for the Care of Old People (now the Centre for Policy on Ageing), 1962.
Physical ConditionMental StateActivityMobilityIncontinence
Good4Alert4Ambulatory4Full4Not4
Fair3Apathetic3Walks with help3Slightly limited3Occasionally
Poor2Confused2Chairbound2Very limited2Usually urinary2
Very bad1Stuporous1Bedfast1Immobile1Double1
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Although both the Braden and Norton scales are validated tools for risk assessment used in the majority of nursing homes, they assess resident risk factors differently.
2005) have recently found out that the Braden scale, the modified Norton scale and the 4-factor model were not valid as pressure ulcer risk assessment scales for intensive care patients.
Twelve elderly bedridden patients without pressure sores, living in a long-term care unit, but with identical risk for pressure ulcer development according to the Norton Scale [3] were also studied.