Creighton’s Braden Recognized for Research on Pressure Ulcers
Barbara J. Braden, Ph.D., dean of University College at Creighton University, will be recognized for her groundbreaking research on pressure ulcers on June 5 during the Third Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies in Toronto.
Braden is known as the inventor of The Braden Scale, one of the most widely used tools by health care providers worldwide to predict the development of pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores.
Pressure ulcers are a common and potentially life-threatening problem for older, bedridden patients. The Braden Scale identifies six criteria to determine whether these painful sores are likely to develop, assigns scores to each criterion, and suggests preventive measures. Nurses and other health care providers are trained to watch for such factors as nutrition, skin moisture, lack of sensory perception, and areas where the body might be subject to frequent friction.
Braden developed the scale in the early 1980s, while a member of Creighton’s School of Nursing faculty, in an effort to improve care in nursing homes, where problems with pressure ulcers are most common.
Since then, The Braden Scale has been translated into 20 languages. For more information, visit online www.bradenscale.com.