When are lab studies indicated in the workup of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Answer

When indicated by the specific clinical situation, the following should be obtained:

  • Urinalysis and culture in the presence of urinary incontinence
  • Stool examination for fecal WBCs and Clostridium difficile toxin when pseudomembranous colitis may be the cause of fecal incontinence
  • Blood cultures if bacteremia or sepsis is suggested

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