How is bacterial infection managed in 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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Bacterial contamination must be assessed and treated appropriately. Differentiation of infection from simple contamination through tissue biopsy (see Workup) helps ensure that antibiotics are used judiciously (ie, only in cases of actual infection) and, ideally, helps minimize the development of resistant species. Antibiotics also are indicated when accompanying osteomyelitis, cellulitis, bacteremia, or sepsis is present.


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