Judy Waterlow MBE, designed and researched this pressure ulcer risk assessment tool in 1985, while working as a Clinical Nurse Teacher.
The Waterlow pressure ulcer risk assessment/prevention policy tool is, by far, the most frequently used system in the U.K. and it is also the most easily understood. Intended for use by nurses, healthcare professionals and carers at the patient/client interface.
It must be remembered that this, like all risk assessment scoring systems is a simplistic tool. Professional judgement must be used in determining the risk status of the service user at all times.
However, the outcome of the assessment does provide you with the tools and knowledge to put preventative measures and treatment plans in place.
A copy of the original Waterlow scorecard is also included in this article.
With Sekoia, you are easily able to easily carry out the Waterlow assessment at point of care as well as create any follow-up actions required. Please find a video demonstration of this below: