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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(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.
All bedridden patients with or without sores were assessed for risk of pressure sore development using the Norton scale. The means of the scores did not differ significantly between the groups with or at risk of bedsores.
Stewart says that facilities can choose the right product for the needs of each resident by assessing each resident's risk for developing pressure ulcers, using various scales for risk assessment, such as the Braden Scale or Norton Scale. "Part of these risk assessment scales look at the resident's level of activity, mobility and level of sensory perception," says Dr.
The Norton scale is a good instrument for assessing the risk of pressure sores in patients entering a skilled nursing facility, said Dr.