Risk assessment scales poorly predict pressure ulceration

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7381.165/a (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:165
  1. Peter J Franks, professor of health sciences,
  2. Christine J Moffatt, professor of nursing,
  3. Donna Chaloner, clinical nurse specialist
  1. Centre for Research and Implementation of Clinical Practice, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Thames Valley University, London W5 2BS
  2. Walsall Primary Care Trust, Short Heath Clinic, Willenhall WS12 5PR

    EDITOR—Several fundamental issues around the use of pressure risk scales are highlighted by the article by Schoonhoven et al.1

    These scales are poor predictors of pressure ulcer development, but nurses are encouraged to use them to meet the clinical governance agenda. The guidelines from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommend their use as an aide-mémoire, which should …

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