Pressure sores (bed sores) are an injury to the skin and underlying
tissue. They can range from mild reddening of the skin to severe tissue
damage—and sometimes infection—that extends into muscle and bone. Pressure
sores are described in four stages:
In stages 3 and 4 there may be little or no pain due to
significant tissue damage. Serious complications, such as infection of the bone
(osteomyelitis) or blood (sepsis), can occur if pressure sores progress.
Sometimes a pressure sore does not fit into one of these stages.
October 9, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Margaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine
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