Pressure ulcer scale for healing: derivation and validation of the PUSH tool. The PUSH Task Force.

D. R. Thomas, G. T. Rodeheaver, A. A. Bartolucci, R. A. Franz, C. Sussman, B. A. Ferrell, J. Cuddigan, N. A. Stotts, J. Maklebust

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Measuring progress toward healing is fundamental to the management of pressure ulcers. A method to assess progress of an individual ulcer over time is lacking. Given the limitations of currently available instruments and the need for a precise and practical method of monitoring healing in clinical practice, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel initiated the development of a new tool for measuring pressure ulcer healing. The key elements in developing an instrument include simplicity of use in clinical settings, validity for measuring whether ulcers are improving or worsening, and sensitivity to changes in the ulcer between observations. A new tool incorporating surface area, exudate amount, and surface appearance is proposed. Content validity, correlation validity, prospective validity, and sensitivity to change can be met by the proposed Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-101
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in wound care : the journal for prevention and healing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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