Braden Risk Assessment tool


Braden Risk Assessment tool

How to use this tool well

  • Use this together with your clinical judgement.
  • An assessment that identifies risk should lead to action.

This is a clinical tool you can use to assess risk of a patient/client developing a pressure ulcer. Use this together with your clinical judgement.

The primary aim of this tool is to identify patients/clients who are at risk, as well as determining the degree of risk of developing a pressure ulcer.

The Braden Scale is a scale made up of six subscales, which measure elements of risk that contribute to either higher intensity and duration of pressure, or lower tissue tolerance for pressure. These are: sensory perception, moisture, activity, mobility, friction, and shear. Each item is scored between 1 and 4,with each score accompanied by a descriptor. The lower the score, the greater the risk.



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Published Date: 17/03/2009