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Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs. 1997 Apr-Jun;20(2):103-14.

The Neonatal Skin Risk Assessment Scale for predicting skin breakdown in neonates.

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School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.


An instrument was developed to assess neonates at risk for skin breakdown, based on the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk in adults. Using such an instrument to predict, and thus prevent, skin breakdown could decrease costs associated with prolonged hospital stays in neonates. The Neonatal Skin Risk Assessment Scale (NSRAS) was piloted with 32 neonates. Reliability was high for the subscales of general physical condition, activity, and nutrition, but low in the other three subscales. For predictive validity, sensitivity was 83% and specificity was 81%. The NSRAS appears to be useful in predicting days most likely for skin breakdown to occur.

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