What is the treatment of sepsis in patients with 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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Pressure injuries do not cause sepsis. In patients who present with sepsis and pressure injuries, the sepsis is usually caused by a urinary tract infection. These wounds are almost always open to drain and therefore do not constitute debridement emergencies. Only on rare occasions are these injuries entirely occluded by a thick leathery eschar that prevents open drainage. In these cases, debridement is required to facilitate drainage and prevent systemic infection. In general, patients do not die of pressure injuries, but they can die with them.


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