Stages of Pressure Sores

The most common system for staging bed sores pressure ulcers, classifies them based upon the depth of skin damage, ranging from the least severe (stage 1) to the most severe (stage 4).

This is a scoring system that should be used within the healthcare system without fail, which analyses the symptoms and gives an appropriate action to remedy the symptoms.

  • Stage 1 Pressure Ulcer: redness of the skin
  • Stage 2 Pressure Ulcer: skin has abrasions, blisters
  • Stage 3 Pressure Ulcer: skin has lost its full integrity and has the appearance of a deep crater
  • Stage 4 Pressure Ulcer: skin has lost its integrity and now bone or muscle is exposed

Infected pressure sores take longer to heal. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the rest of the body.

If you notice any of these, on yourself or a loved one, it is essential that you make the caregiver take the necessary action to prevent it from getting worse.

Signs of infection at the site include:

  • Thick, yellow, or green pus
  • A bad smell coming from the sore
  • Redness or skin that is warm to the touch
  • Swelling around the sore
  • Tender to the touch around the sore

 

Signs that the infection has spread include:

  • Fever Chills
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Rapid heartbeat Weakness

Identifying the first stage is the most important, and do not be afraid of mentioning even the smallest of sores that you may notice.
If there are signs of neglect, you may be eligible for compensation. Please contact us today for free and no obligation legal advice.

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