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The four stages of bedsores

Posted on May 25, 2015 2:28 pm under Nursing Home Abuse

Bedsores, or pressure sores, are wounds on the surface of the skin caused by prolonged pressure. Bedridden patients and those using wheelchairs are at highest risk of this condition. Most cases of bedsores have been recorded in long term care homes across the country. Unfortunately, bedsores can be an indication that nursing home staff members are being negligent in their duty to look after the health of their residents.

Signs and symptoms of bedsores vary according to their severity:

  • Stage 1 – No open wounds are present, although the affected area may appear pale, pinkish, and doesn’t blanch when pressed.
  • Stage 2 – A ruptured or fluid-filled blister is visible. The wound may appear shallow, although the patient may complain about tenderness and warmth in the affected area.
  • Stage 3 – A crater-like wound is present, which exposes some fats. Dead tissues may also be visible.
  • Stage 4 – A deep wound makes the bones and/or the tendons visible. Dead tissues are present at the bottom of the wound.

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