What are the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) guidelines for risk assessment of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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In 1992, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), now known as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), developed guidelines for the prediction and prevention of pressure ulcers in adults. [15] In 1994, these guidelines were followed by guidelines for the treatment of these lesions. [10]

According to the AHPCR prevention guidelines, risk assessment should include the following [15] :

  • Complete medical history taking
  • Determination of Norton (or Braden) score (see above)
  • Skin examination
  • Identification of previous pressure ulcer sites

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