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