Why standardization is so important when dealing with pressure ulcer assessment

Why standardization is so important when dealing with pressure ulcer assessment


Most people I’ve found have some sort of
standardized tool. Whether it’s the Braden tool or the Norton
scale — something that’s standardized that people look at to assess risk for their
patients. I would encourage you to look to see if that’s
standardized across your facility, and even across your system, if you’re moving patients
from one facility to the next because these numbers are very different. So you don’t want someone thinking it’s
a Norton Scale and confusing it with a Braden Scale. The tools need to be consistent across the
facility or the system. Some folks have even made them standard across
the state. For example, the New Jersey Hospital Association
and their collaborative looked at standardizing the risk tool, and they standardized on the
Braden Scale.

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