How Should Medical Professionals Document a Healing Bed Sore?

By Nursing Home Law Center

Healing Bedsore Documentation

Rather that using a reverse staging description of bed sores, professional in long-term care facilities (nursing homes and hospitals) should use detailed written descriptors to describe the size of the bed sore and evidence that the wound is healing. The benefit of using descriptors to document a healing bed sore is that they are are more accurate than mere staging. Re-categorizing a stage 4 bed sore to a lower stage can frequently be a misrepresentation because the advanced bed sores are never able to regenerate the muscle, fat and skin lost to the original would.

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