The 4 Stages of Bed Sores That You Should Know In Case Of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse and neglect affects many elderly people and can take many different forms. While some forms of abuse, such as emotional or financial, can be difficult to detect, physical abuse often leaves observable marks on the body. When older people are left unattended in their beds for long periods of time, it can result in bed sores, a form of abusive neglect that can severely injure the victim.
Bed sores, also known as pressure sores, begin as a mild skin irritation but may eventually cause damage to the underlying tissue, muscle, and bone if left untreated. If you have an elderly loved one living with a caretaker or in a nursing home, it is important to know the four stages of bed sores and what they look like. This knowledge can help you protect your loved one from an injury that could result in infection or even death.
The four stages of bed sores are:
- Stage 1: Sores are not open wounds, but there is a reddening or discoloration of the skin. The affected areas may be painful or warm to the touch, or they may feel firmer or softer than the surrounding skin.
- Stage 2: The sores have progressed to the point where the skin has broken or formed an ulcer, scrape or blister.
- Stage 3: The open sores continue to progress, forming a crater and affecting the underlying tissue. Fat may be visible, and there may be little or no pain due to tissue damage.
- Stage 4: The sores have become very deep, reaching beyond fat and tissue and exposing muscle and bone. Tendon and joint damage, bone infections, and sepsis may occur.
If your loved one is exhibiting symptoms of bed sores, contact the elder abuse attorneys at Garcia & Artigliere. Call (800) 328-2630 or visit us online at www.lawgarcia.com today for a case evaluation.