Grade 1 – reddened skin which persists for more than 30 minutes after pressure has been relieved. Nonblanchable erythema of intact skin heralding lesion of skin ulceration. In individuals with darker skin, discoloration of the skin, warmth, edema, induration or hardness may be indicators.
Pictures of Stage 2 Pressure Ulcers
Grade 2 – superficial skin damage. May present as a blister or as an abrasion. Partial thickness skin loss involving epidermis, dermis, or both. The ulcer is superficial and presents clinically as an abrasion, blister, or shallow center.
Pictures of Stage 3 Pressure Ulcers
Grade 3 – full thickness skin loss not extending to bone or muscle. This grade is not usually painful. Full thickness skin loss involving damage to or necrosis of subcutaneous tissue that may extend down to, but not through underlying fascia. The ulcer presents clinically as deep crater with or without undermining of adjacent tissue.
Pictures of Stage 4 Pressure Ulcers
Grade 4 – full thickness skin loss with extensive tissue damage through muscle and bone. Full thickness skin loss with extensive destruction, tissue necrosis, or damage to muscle, bone, or supporting structures (e.g, tendon, joint capsule). Undermining and sinus tracts also may be associated with Stage IV pressure ulcers.
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