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The Braden Scale: Risk Assessment and Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Originally presented on 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.

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until February 28, 2018.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2018.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2018.