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Pressure ulcer scales 'unreliable'

Only experienced nurses should conduct pressure ulcer risk assessments, a review of the most commonly-used risk assessment scales has concluded.

Only experienced nurses should conduct pressure ulcer risk assessments, a review of the most commonly-used risk assessment scales has concluded.

The Norton, Waterlow and Braden scales were found to have poor reliability and ambiguous results that may be difficult to understand without sufficient expertise.

The authors said: 'Healthcare units should determine their own cut-off point, after taking into account the special needs of their patient population.'

International Journal of Nursing Studies (2007) 44: 285-296

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