Evaluation of the Braden Scale In Regards to the Efficacy of Predicting Skin Breakdown Related to Medical Devices

Evaluation of the Braden Scale In Regards to the Efficacy of Predicting Skin Breakdown Related to Medical Devices
Research paper
Description: 
The literature synthesis demonstrates the Braden Skin Assessment Tool potentially does not adequately assess for patient risk of developing pressure injuries. Recommendation to improve assessment includes: improved communication, care planning, quality monitoring, and facilitated documentation. Education on device related pressure injury assessment recommended. In healthcare settings there are a multitude of device related pressure injuries that often have multiple points of intervention. Pressure injuries, commonly referred to as pressure ulcers or bed sores, are a problem that has been addressed by The Joint Commission (TJC) through the administration of national patient safety goals. These are specifically located in the ‘Nursing Care Center’ section (TJC, 2019). National patient safety goals are initiatives agreed upon by TJC that are patient related healthcare issues that every hospital must have incorporated into their quality program. The purpose of this literature synthesis is to examine the significance of device related pressure injuries and the efficacy of the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk (Braden Scale). This tool is used to determine the presence of risk a patient has for developing a pressure injury. Potential recommendations are proposed include assessment items that can help the nurses better identify this emerging aspect of pressure injury risk and identification.

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WHDL-00015211
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