Pressure Sores (cont.)
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Pressure sores usually develop on the skin over a bony area where there is less cushion between the skin and bones. Most pressure sores develop on the lower part of the body, on the skin over the sacrum and tailbone (the lowest part of the back), the hips, buttocks, or heels. Pressure sores also occur on the back of the head, the backs of ears, around the shoulders and elbows, between the knees, and over the ankles. Pressure sores also can occur in places where skin folds over on itself.
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.
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