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Figure B depicts the NPUAP pressure ulcer stages I - IV with descriptions of the stages and an image of each type of ulcer: Stage I is described as intact skin with non-blanchable redness of a localized area usually over a bony prominence. Darkly pigmented skin may not have visible blanching; its color may differ from the surrounding area. Stage II is defined by a partial thickness loss of dermis presenting as a shallow open ulcer with a red pink wound bed, without slough. It may also ...

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An area of skin breakdown that occurs when sustained pressure cuts off blood circulation — usually in patients confined to their beds in hospitals and nursing homes — a bedsore can result in a wound so deep and painful that some patients require narcotics. If a bedsore becomes infected, the complications can be fatal.
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Fighting Bedsores With a Team Approach

An area of skin breakdown that occurs when sustained pressure cuts off blood circulation — usually in patients confined to their beds in hospitals and nursing homes — a bedsore can result in a wound so deep and painful that some patients require narcotics. If a bedsore becomes infected, the complications can be fatal.

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