A Case of Fournier's Gangrene

Sara E. Champion, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CUNP

Disclosures

Urol Nurs. 2007;27(4):296-299. 

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Conclusion

Fournier's gangrene is a rare, life-threatening urological emergency. To ensure the best outcomes for patients, it is imperative that nurses/health care providers recognize this disease as early as possible. Ini tiating broad-spectrum antibiotics, consulting for immediate surgical intervention, providing supplemental nutrition, and exemplary wound care are critical for recovery. Nurses and health care providers working in small, rural clinics, offices, and hospitals may see only one case of this in their lifetimes. But prompt identification of Fournier's gangrene and commencing appropriate treatment can make the difference between life and death for their patients.

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