The 4 Stages of Pressure Sores
There are four identifiable stages of bed sores. At Stage 1, these pressure sores look red in color and they tend to have a different temperature and firmness than the skin around them. Stage 2 introduces blisters and open wounds into the equation, with the wounds getting deeper and more severe as the ulcers enter Stage 3. By Stage 4, the sores reach all the way to the bone and can potentially cause permanent damage to nearby deep tissue and joints.
It is important to understand that some deep pressure ulcers may not have open wounds. These sores, which often look dark red or purple, can do extensive damage to deep tissue. If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from any stage of pressure sore, bring it to a doctor’s attention immediately. Sadly, bed sores can and should be prevented. If you or a loved one has experienced bed sores nursing home abuse may be a factor.
Contact Us If You’re Concerned About Nursing Home Neglect
When you entrust an assisted living facility or nursing home with the care of an elderly parent, you have every right to expect that the staff of that facility will properly treat and care for your loved one. If your loved one is suffering from serious medical complications due to preventable bed sores, reach out to one of our lawyers today. We have focused experience handling nursing home neglect cases – let us put that experience to work for you. Contact The Rooth Law Firm today.