The classification for pressure ulcers of Yarkony, Kirk, et al is intended to provide a complete description of pressure ulcers and their healing. The authors are from Chicago, Illinois.
Appearance of Pressure Site
red area (erythema) without ulceration
present > 30 minutes but < 24 hours
present >= 24 hours
epidermis and/or dermis ulcerated with no subcutaneous fat observed
subcutaneous fat but no muscle observed
muscle and/or fascia observed; no bone observed
bone observed, but no involvement of joint space
involvement of joint space
Grade 1 lesions are areas where preventive care may prevent further deterioration to overt ulceration.
If eschar is present, then debridement may be necessary to determine the extent of the ulceration.
"Pressure ulcer healed" indicates that a pressure ulcer had been present but is now healed. A healed ulcer is at potential risk for recurrence.
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Specialty: Dermatology, Surgery, general