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The Braden Scale: Risk Assessment and Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Presentation date: February 10, 2012

Jody Scardillo, MSN, APN/CNS, CWON

Karen Farid, DNP, APN/CNS, CWON 
Staten Island University Hospital 

The Braden Tool was designed, tested and published in 1987 by Barbara Braden & Nancy Bergstrom. The tool provides a structured approach that quantifies the level of risk for developing pressure ulcers. Its use provides a consistent measurement across care settings and can drive appropriate prevention measures.

A meta-analysis by Pancorbo-Hildago in 2006 compared the Braden, Norton and Waterlow scales and concluded that the Braden Scale demonstrated the best reliability and validity in a variety of settings and was a better predictor of pressure ulcers than nursing judgment. Pancorbo Hidalgo, P., Garcia Fernandez, F., Lopez Medina, I., Alvarez

After viewing this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose and benefits of using the Braden Scale risk assessment scale.
  • Evaluate pressure ulcer risk by using the Braden Scale.
  • Identify interventions that can be implemented based on the patient’s Braden Scale score.

School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

It has been assigned Provider Code PA# 157N.

Course code PA# 157N-328; 1.0 contact hour.

This project is funded through a Memorandum of Understanding with the NYS Department of Health
There is no commercial interest funding this program