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Injury Prevention and Safety

Bruise colors

06/23/2006

Question:

Bruises change colour as they start to heal correct?My question is is how can you tell what colour a briuse really is , what if it looks different all the time , is there any way to show what coulour it is so you know how soon it will heal?

Answer:

I am sure lots of people have wondered about this very thing. Bruise severity is a function of the delicacy of the tissue that is injured, the location over bone or not, as well as the force of the injury. In general, bruises tend to move from red to purple/blue to green, and finally yellow. Those that are turning yellow are about to be gone for good.

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Mary M Gottesman, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN Mary M Gottesman, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN
Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University