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Braden Q Scale
Availability
This instrument is freely available here: The Braden Q Scale
Please contact Dr. Martha A. Q. Curley (curley@nursing.upenn.edu) to obtain necessary permissions for translation of the instrument.
Classification
Supplemental: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) – Pediatric (children 8 years old)
Short Description of Instrument
The Braden Q Scale for Predicting Pediatric Pressure Ulcer Risk (Braden Q Scale) was developed by Sandy Quigley and Catherine Noonan.
 
The Braden Q Scale is a widely used, valid, and reliable pediatric-specific pressure ulcer risk assessment tool. It was developed by adapting the adult-based Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk and includes the six original subscales (mobility, activity, sensory perception, moisture, friction and shear and nutrition) and adds a
seventh subscale, tissue perfusion/oxygenation.
Scoring
All seven subscales are rated from 1 (least favorable) to 4 (most favorable); patients receive one score per subscale.
Total Braden Q scores range from 7 (highest risk) to 28 (lowest risk), with a score of
16 or lower identifying pediatric patients at risk for pressure ulcers.
References
Noonan C, Quigley S, Curley MA. Using the Braden Q Scale to Predict Pressure Ulcer Risk in pediatric patients. J Pediatr Nurs. 2011;26(6):566–575.
 
Bergstrom N, Braden BJ, Laguzza A, Holman V. The Braden scale for predicting pressure sore risk. Nur Res 1987;36(4):205–210.
 
Curley M, Razmus IS, Roberts KE, Wypij D. Predicting pressure ulcer risk in pediatric population. The Braden Q Scale. Nur Res 2003;52(1):22–33.
Recommended Instrument for
SCI-Pediatric
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