The depth of a stage III pressure ulcer varies by anatomical location. The bridge of the nose, ear, occiput and malleolus do not have subcutaneous tissue and stage III ulcers can be shallow. In contrast, areas of significant adiposity can develop extremely deep stage III pressure ulcers. Bone/tendon is not visible or directly palpable.
The depth of a Stage IV pressure ulcer varies by anatomical location.
Until enough of the slough/eschar is removed to expose the base of the ulcer, the true depth, and thus the stage cannot be determined.