Stages of Pressure Ulcers
The following are the various categories in which pressure ulcers fall.
In the beginning, a bed sore will be a red area of skin that has had a great deal of pressure applied to it for several hours and days. The touch of the skin will spongy or firm. The person suffered from the pressure ulcer will claim that the area is itchy or painful.
The affected skin begins to form blisters in this stage. The area may resemble bad sunburn, as the area around the blisters will continue to look red and irritated.
The skin in and around the affected area has begun to deteriorate, leaving a large, crate-looking wound in the center. The epidermis, as well as the dermis, has been affected at this point.
This is the worst stage of pressure ulcers. A great deal of skin has been damaged as well as lost. There is also likely damage to the joints, tendons, bones, and muscles in the area.