How long does it take pressure ulcers to heal?



Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores or decubitus ulcers, can take anywhere

from three days to two years to heal. How quickly a pressure ulcer heals depends

on how far advanced the sore is and what steps are taken to treat it.

A pressure ulcer in stage 1, where the skin is red or discolored but not broken, can

heal within three days if treated correctly. The best way to treat an ulcer in this

stage is to remove the cause of pressure, keep the sore clean and dry, drink plenty

of water, and eat proteins, minerals, and vitamins.

A pressure ulcer in stage 2, where the first and sometimes second layers of skin are

broken, can take up to three weeks to heal. Treating a stage 2 ulcer is basically the

same as treating a stage 1 ulcer.

A stage 3 pressure ulcer, meanwhile, is more serious and can take one to four

months to heal. A sore in this stage breaks through the first and second layers of

skin and cuts into the tissue beneath. At this stage, the wound can become infected.

Anyone with a stage 3 ulcer should see a health care provider immediately to begin

the healing process.

The most serious pressure ulcer is a stage 4, where the ulcer exposes the muscle

and sometimes the bone. At this stage, the risk of infection is very high. A stage 4

pressure ulcer necessitates seeing a doctor, and may require surgery. These types

of sores can take between three months and two years to heal.

Nursing homes have a legal duty to use reasonable care to prevent pressure ulcers.

If a resident develops bedsores, the nursing home should help him or her heal by

providing vitamin rich foods and nutritional supplements, removing pressure from

the sore, and caring for the skin appropriately.

If a nursing home fails to take the necessary precautions, and a resident develops

pressure ulcers, the nursing home may be liable for the resulting injuries. This

means the nursing home may be responsible for medical bills, out-of- pocket

expenses, and pain and suffering.

If your loved one developed pressure ulcers at a nursing home, and you are

wondering if you have a claim, please feel free to call and speak to one of our

experienced Georgie nursing home neglect lawyers today. Our consultations are

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