An article by Coleman et al. (2014) titled Developing a pressure ulcer risk factor minimum data set and risk assessment framework and published in JAN re-visits the problem of pressure sores and brings together a stellar team of international researchers.
The risk factors included in this consensus study are not new and the attempts to derive pressure ulcer risk assessment instruments are copious. However, what the proposed framework does is to include screening so that efforts can be focused on patients at risk (stage 1) followed by a full and detailed assessment of the risk in those at risk (stage 2), with algorithms to help decision-making about preventative measures.
Coleman S, Nelson EA, Keen J, Wilson L, McGinnis E, Dealey C, Stubbs N, Muir D, Farrin A, Dowding D, Schols JMGA, Cuddigan J, Berlowitz D, Jude E, Vowden P, Bader DL, Gefen A, Oomens CWJ, Schoonhoven L, Nixon J (2014) Developing a pressure ulcer risk factor minimum data set and risk assessment framework Journal of Advanced Nursing doi: 10.1111/jan.12444