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Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk


This rating scale for nurses and other health care providers predicts a patient’s level of risk for developing pressure ulcers. The scale is composed of six subscales that measure functional capabilities of the patient that contribute to either higher intensity and duration of pressure or lower tissue tolerance for pressure. 

The six subscales include:
  • Sensory perception
  • Moisture
  • Activity
  • Mobility
  • Nutrition
  • Friction and shear
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Barbara Braden and Nancy Bergstrom

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Barbara Braden and Nancy Bergstrom; Prevention Plus

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  • Release Date: 01/1988
  • Original Summary: 11/2008
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Last updated: October 28, 2009.