There are many pressure injury assent tools currently in use in the healthcare sector. The Waterlow pressure ulcer risk assessment/prevention policy tool was invented by Judy Waterlow MBE. The pressure care pioneer designed and researched her pressure ulcer risk assessment tool in 1985, while working as a Clinical Nurse Teacher.
The Waterlow Score Card is applicable to all areas of care, from A&E to Residential Nursing Homes, but as the Waterlow website states: “It must be remembered that “Waterlow“, like all risk assessment scoring systems is a simplistic tool.
Professional judgement must be used in determining the risk status of the patient/client. All assessments and, just as importantly, reassessments must be documented and the plan of care adjusted as necessary.”
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