Pressure Ulcer with Eschar

Eschar is composed of dead tissue, muscle, fat, tendon, or skin. Prone to forming on bony areas of a patient’s lower limbs, this leathery, dry-hard substance is similar to a scab and is usually black or brown in color. When eschar is present, a pressure ulcer cannot be accurately staged until the eschar is removed.  Health care professionals involved in treating pressure ulcers must be able to diagnose eschar in order to ensure pressure ulcers are treated accordingly and safely.