NORTON (MODIFIED) Risk Scale

What is NORTON (MODIFIED) Risk Scale

Pressure sores are a serious problem for the elderly patient in hospitalized or long term care settings. Next to being painful and expensive to treat, they can negatively affect the patient's mental, emotional, and social well-being. The original Norton scale presented in the early 1960's by Norton et al. served as model for most other risk assessment scales. This modified version takes into account indicators such as Additional Diseases, Age and Condition of Skin. This tool helps the nurse to identify patients at risk for pressure ulcers. It allows the initiation of preventive measures but can also be used to assess the efficacy of pressure sore treatment strategies.

  • This risk assessment tool can be used as an aid to clinical judgement to identify patients at risk for pressure ulcers
  • Pressure sore risk management should not only rely on the use of scales, but should include an integral prevention care plan
  • Adequate training of the nursing staff is essential

More info about NORTON (MODIFIED) Risk Scale

The Modified Norton scale uses a 1 to 4 scoring system for 9 indicators . At a sum of 25 points or less, a risk for pressure ulcers exists. The less points reached, the higher the risk. In order to avoid the development of pressure ulcers, the necessary caring measurements shall be planned, initiated and executed.



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