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#1, souce: http://www.drugs.com/cg/wound-infection.html
What are the signs and symptoms of a wound infection? You may have any of the following:
- High or low body temperature, low blood pressure, or a fast heart beat.
- Increased discharge (blood or other fluid) or pus coming out of the wound. The discharge or pus may have an odd color or a bad smell.
- Increased swelling that goes past the wound area and does not go away after five days. Swollen areas usually look red, feel painful, and feel warm when you touch them.
- Wounds that do not heal or get better with treatment.
- An old wound that bleeds easily.
- A wound that is painful, even though it does not look like it should be.
#2, source: http://www.worldwidewounds.com/2004/january/Collier/Management-of-Wound-infections.html
Recognition of wound infectionThe inflammatory response is a protective mechanism that aims to neutralise and destroy any toxic agents at the site of an injury and restore tissue homeostasis . There are a number of indicators of infection, these include the classic signs related to the inflammatory process and further more subtle changes as highlighted by Cutting and Harding . The classic signs of infection include:
- Localised erythema
- Localised pain
- Localised heat
- Discharge which may be viscous in nature, discoloured and purulent
- Delayed healing not previously anticipated
- Discolouration of tissues both within and at the wound margins
- Friable, bleeding granulation tissue despite gentle handling of and the non adhesive nature of wound management materials used
- Unexpected pain and/or tenderness either at the time of dressing change or reported by the patient as associated specifically with the wound even when the wound dressing is in place
- Abnormal smell
- Wound breakdown associated with wound pocketing/bridging at base of wound, ie when a wound that was assessed as healing starts to develop strips of granulation tissue in the base as opposed to a uniform spread of granulation tissue across the whole of the wound bed.