Norton Scale

Physical conditionMental conditionActivityMobilityIncontinentTotal Score
Good 4Alert4Ambulant4Full4Not4
Fair3Apathetic3Walk-help 3Slightly limited 3Occasional 3
Poor 2Confused2Chair-bound 2 Very limited 2 Usually-Urine 2
Very bad1 Stupor 1 Stupor 1 Immobile 1Doubly 1

Source: Doreen Norton, Rhoda McLaren, and A.N. Exton-Smith. An investigation of geriatric nursing problems in the hospital. London. National Corporation for the Care of Old People (now the Centre for Policy on Ageing); 1962. Reprinted with permission.

From: 3, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention

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