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Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk
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Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk Name: Institution: Abstract The Braden scale is the most studied tool for evaluation of pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are a major concern when caring for old people in all settings. They are painful sores, which are quite expensive to treat, and can affect the emotional, social, as well as mental well-being of a patient.
They include sensory perception, activity, skin moisture, mobility, nutritional intake, friction and shear. Each subscale measures the capability of the patient that cause high intensity and duration of pressure, or low tissue tolerance (Braden, 2009). Low Braden score shows that the patient has a low level of functioning; hence, high level of risk of developing a pressure ulcer. Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk The Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk was developed by Nancy Bergstrom and Barbara Braden, in 1987, and it has been in use since then (Braden, 2009). The aim of this tool is to help health professionals such as nurses and other health care givers to assess a patient’s risk of developing pressure ulcers. Braden scale measures the functional capabilities of the patient that cause lower tissue tolerance for pressure or high intensity and duration of pressure (Statts and Gunningberg, 2007). It is used with patients of all ages, as well as settings, and it is considered more accurate than other scales like the Waterlow and the Norton scales or clinical judgment are. The Braden scale consists of up to six subscales scored from 1-4. They include sensory perception, activity, mobility, skin moisture, nutritional intake, friction and shear. ...
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