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Skin Care & Pressure Sores

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Stage 2 Pressure Sore

Sacral (tailbone) area.
The topmost layer of skin (epidermis) is broken, creating a shallow open sore. The second layer of skin (dermis) may also be broken. Drainage may or may not be present.

Photo source: The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, 3rd Edition, edited by Mark H. Beers, and Robert Berkow. Copyright 2000 by Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, NJ.  Available at: http://www.merck.com/mkgr/mmg/home.jsp. Accessed 7/21/09. Image provided by Barbara A. Gilchrist, MD. Used with permission.