The Waterlow pressure ulcer risk assessment is designed to help you to assess risk of a care recipient developing a pressure ulcer and is frequently used across the country. The Waterlow risk assessment consists of seven items: build/weight, height, visual assessment of the skin, sex/age, continence, mobility, and appetite, and special risk factors, divided into tissue malnutrition, neurological deficit, major surgery/trauma, and medication and uses a scoring system to indicate how likely the care recipient is to develop pressure ulcers. 

How to use the Waterlow assessment on Birdie

Select your client and navigate to their Care plan section, once there you'll find the Assessments below the Care plan categories as well as the official Waterlow score card to help you complete the assessment. 

Go through each question, adding scores to each section until the end of the assessment where you will get a final score to assess the care recipient's total risk level.

Assessing your clients digitally will save you time and paper and bring you closer to providing paperless digital care.


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