The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), the developer of PUSH, has this to say about use of its assessment tool:
"NPUAP recommends use of the PUSH Tool at 'regular intervals.' The AHCPR Treatment Guideline recommends assessments be performed 'at least weekly' and 'if the condition of the patient or of the wound deteriorates.' The PRESSURE ULCER HEALING CHART (which is attached to the PUSH Tool will allow you to graph PUSH Tool scores over time for each ulcer. You should be able to 'tell at a glance' whether the ulcer is healing, remains unchanged, or is deteriorating… Any increase in the PUSH Tool score (indicating wound deterioration) requires a more complete assessment of the ulcer and the patient's overall condition (2)."
The PUSH Tool, which monitors a wound's length and width, exudate amount, and tissue type, is best used as a method for predicting wound healing. Notes the NPUAP, "In developing specific treatment plans, you will need to assess additional (wound) parameters (2)."
Downlolad the Push Tool PDF below from the The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel website