Bedsores are given a “stage” based on the symptoms and severity of the wound. These stages include:
Stage 1 – In stage 1 the skin will look discolored or red. The skin is not broken, but may be tender. You will notice that the discoloration does not change or fade once the pressure has been removed.
Stage 2 – Stage 2 bed sores can be identified by a shallow open sore on the very top layer of the skin. While there may be some slight drainage, it is not present in all stage 2 bed sore cases.
Stage 3 – As in stage 2, stage 3 bed sores are identifiable by the open sore that is present at the pressure site. Stage 3 bed sores are much deeper than that which you would see in stage 2 bed sores reaching the second layer of skin and into the fatty tissues beneath it.
Stage 4 – Stage 4 bed sores are the most severe and often require surgery. The breakdown of tissue will extend down to the muscle or even the bone. There will be a lot of dead tissue and fluid present.
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