Osteomyelitis in Decubitus Ulcers

How do I Know if there is Osteomyelitis in a Decubitus Ulcer?

Osteomyelitis (bone infection) is common in patients suffering with decubitus ulcers. Common diseases associated with osteomyelitis in decubitus ulcers are dementia, bed bound or wheelchair bound patients, and patients who have received insufficient nutrition or hydration. Other common co-morbidities of decubitus ulcers infected with osteomyelitis are peripheral vascular disease or arteriosclerotic heart disease.

Signs of Osteomyelitis in Decubitus Ulcer Bed Sores

If the decubitus ulcer (pressure sore) does not respond to medical and surgical therapy, this is a telltale sign of osteomyelitis infection. Cultures should be taken from the bedsore ulcer to see which organisms and infections are present in the decubitus wound. If the pressure sore cultures are suspicious for osteomyelitis, an MRI is needed. Diagnosis of osteomyelitis can then be confirmed by radiography (films taken of the wounds) and also confirmed surgically. Patients with osteomyelitis of the toe bone area (metatarsal) can receive antibiotics via IV in an attempt to heal the foot osteomyelitis. If the osteomyelitis does not respond to intravenous antibiotics, a local amputation of the infected toe or foot may be necessary. If the osteomyelitis infected wound area is not removed, it may cause further infection and become fatal. Osteomyelitis can also be found in sacral decubitus ulcers and ischial decubitus ulcers. Where ever the osteomyelitis is found on the patient, it is cause for grave concern.

If you or a loved on suffers from osteomyelitis in an infected pressure sore, contact a pressure sore lawyer to research your potential pressure sore lawsuit. Osteomyelitis and bedsores are preventable and treatable. Take a stand and hold the neglectful nursing home or hospital accountable. File your bedsore lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out.

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