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Braden Q Scale
This instrument is freely available here: The Braden Q Scale
Please contact Dr. Martha A. Q. Curley ( to obtain necessary permissions for translation of the instrument.
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.
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.
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Chamblee TB, Pasek TA, Caillouette CN, Stellar JJ, Quigley SM, Curley MAQ. CE: How to Predict Pediatric Pressure Injury Risk with the Braden QD Scale. Am J Nurs. 2018;118(11):34-43.
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Curley MAQ, Hasbani NR, Quigley SM, Stellar JJ, Pasek TA, Shelley SS, Kulik LA, Chamblee TB, Dilloway MA, Caillouette CN, McCabe MA, Wypij D. Predicting Pressure Injury Risk in Pediatric Patients: The Braden QD Scale. J Pediatr. 2018;192:189-195.e2.


Document last updated June 2020