There are four stages associated with bedsores, and each one is gradually worse than the stage preceding. If you or someone you know has an increased risk of developing a bedsore because of being in a bed or chair for extended periods of time, then you should be aware of the signs correlated with such an injury.
When signs and symptoms of a bedsore are recognized early, a treatment plan can be put into place sooner and the injured person’s health can be returned to normal quicker. Therefore, it is important to recognize the various signs and stages associated with a bedsore.
Is it a Bedsore?
If you notice on yourself or a person close to you an area of skin that is red, discolored or dark, you might be looking at a bedsore. A bedsore is generally hard and warm to the touch compared to other surrounding areas of skin
If it is ever thought that a bedsore might be present, a person should consult his or her health care provider in order to determine whether or not the condition is a bedsore and establish a treatment plan.
A stage 1 bedsore will appear as a red or discolored area of skin and might be a different temperature when felt compared to surrounding areas of skin. The skin might be painful but there are not any breaks or tears present.
When a bedsore is in its second stage, the top layer of skin, epidermis, is broken and a shallow open sore is present. In some cases, the second layer of skin, dermis, is also broken. The sore might look like a scrape, blister or shallow crater in the skin.
In stage 3, the wound extends through the epidermis and dermis and into the fatty subcutaneous tissue. Looking at the wound, there are not any bones, tendons or muscle visible.
Stage 4 of a bedsore is when the wound extends into a person’s muscle and might possibly extend as far down as the bone. Usually there is a lot of dead tissue and drainage present, and there is a high possibility of infection.
When the Stage of a Bedsore Cannot be Determined
In some circumstances, the stage of a bedsore cannot be construed. This might occur if the base of bedsore is covered and the doctor cannot see the base of the sore in order to determine the stage it is in.
Common Locations of Bedsores
For people who use wheelchairs, bedsores are most commonly found on the tailbone or buttocks, should blades or spine, and backs of arms and legs. For bed-confined people, bedsores are found most frequently on the back or sides of the head, rims of the ears, shoulders or shoulder blades, hip or lower back, heels or ankles, and tailbone.
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Whatever the stage, bedsores have the potential of becoming a serious health condition, and can perhaps be life threatening. When a person develops a bedsore while in the care of a nursing home, the injury could indicate signs of potential neglect inside of the home
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