WOUND AND SKIN CARE: Why you should avoid reverse pressure ulcer staging

June 2004 
Volume 34  Number 6
Pages 68 - 68
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  • Why reverse staging is inaccurate

  • How do I document a healing ulcer?

  • Staging pressure ulcers

  • Sources


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    PRESSURE ULCER STAGING is an assessment system that classifies pressure ulcers based on depth of soft tissue damage. Not a comprehensive assessment system, it's appropriate only to define the maximum anatomic depth of tissue damage after necrotic tissue has been removed and the ulcer bed is completely visible. (See Staging Pressure Ulcers .)

    Because of a lack of better research-validated tools to measure pressure ulcer healing, some clinicians use pressure ulcer staging in reverse order to describe improvement in an ulcer; in fact, federal regulations require long-term-care facilities to use ...

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