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What Is A Stage 4 Bed Sore
See below: Skin ulcers are often staged based on depth (stage 4 = deepest)... Stage 1: reddened skin that does not blanch (doesn't turn white when pressed). Stage 2: superficial erosion of the skin -- often appears as an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater. Stage 3: full thickness skin loss to the level of fat. Stage 4: full thickness skin loss + involvement of underlying structures (e.g. Muscle, bone, etc). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing ...Read more
Pressure: Bed sores form in people who do not move from a combination of the weight and decreased circulation to the area. Turning every 2 hours can decrease the risk of forming bed sores. Early bed sores, can be treated with padding, turning and creams. More developed bed sores may require surgery to close them.Prevention is still important after surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pressure Sore: Pressure or bed sores develop due to a reduced amount of blood flow to the effected body part over a long period of time. To help prevent them it is important to rotate or shift the body to evenly distribute pressure. If an ulcer develops or looks like it may develop it is very important to treat it seriously and have a wound care specialist recommend treatment/prevention options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bed Sores: A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing changes and sometime surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multifactorial: Pressure ulcers are a result of pressure on the skin of a vulnerable person. Risk factors include age, immobility, incontinence, poor wound healing, dementia and poor nutrition. Focusing on managing the risk factors are beneficial for prevention, as once the pu is formed , it is more difficult to heal with possibilities of many complications. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Considerations: The real question to ask is...Is the bed sore getting better? Are the dimensions decreasing, is the patient feeling better, is there less "non-healthy" tissue, is there more granulation tissue (new capillaries) ? Bleeding can occur even with great healing as new capillaries get formed and injured with dressing changes or simple movement. If the wound looks and measures better, all else is trivia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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