Wednesday, April 27, 2022

What Is A Waterlow Score And How Can It Benefit Pressure Area Care?

When reading about pressure sores you may have stumbled across something called a Waterlow score. Well wonder no more. We will help define it and explain how it can help you in assessing pressure sores in your care environment.

Basically, it is a simple and standardized medical tool to asses the risk of someone developing pressure ulcers or pressure sores.

It is popular amongst care homes and hospitals across the country.

How does a Waterlow Score work?

The Waterlow risk assessment covers seven factors by using a scorecard. These factors are the main issues that contribute to pressure ulcers.

They are:

  • Age and gender
  • Skin condition
  • Appetite
  • Continence levels
  • Body Mass Index
  • Mobility
  • Other risks such as medication or trauma

Through weighing up these factors a score is produced that determines whether a resident is at risk, high risk or very high risk.

How does it help?

With this score in place carers can develop a plan to help the resident recover or avoid pressure ulcers. This could be as simple as reviewing the types of mattresses being used, nutrition or seating arrangements.

These scores can be reviewed to see whether the resident is making an improvement. If you would like to know more, get in touch here

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