It is a severe infection of bone, bone marrow and surrounding soft tissues..
Etiology and Pathophysiology
Development of osteomyelitis
Chronic Osteomyelitis of the Femur
Clinical Manifestations on Acute Osteomyelitis
Infection of <1 month in duration.
Both systemic and local.
Fever, night sweats, chills, restlessness, nausea.
Constant bone pain that worsens with activity.
Swelling, tenderness, warmth at infection site.
Restricted movement of affected part.
Later signs: drainage from sinus tracts.
Clinical Manifestations Chronic Osteomyelitis
-Bone infection lasting longer than a month.
-Infection that has failed to respond to initial course of antibiotic therapy.
-Systemic signs may be diminished.
-Local signs of infection more common:
Constant bone pain
Swelling, tenderness, warmth at infection site
Variety of antibiotics may be prescribed
-Penicillin, nafcillin (Nafcil)
-Adults with chronic osteomyelitis may be prescribed oral therapy + fluoroquinolone for 6 to 8 weeks instead of IV antibiotics
Long-term and mostly rare complications
-Septicemiainvasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms (as bacteria, viruses, or fungi) from a focus of infection that is accompanied by acute systemic illness—called also blood poisoning)
-Septic arthritis (relating to or caused by inflammation of joints due to infectious, metabolic, or constitutional causes ; also : a specific arthritic condition (as gouty arthritis or psoriatic arthritis))
-Pathologic fractures (A pathologic fracture occurs when a bone breaks in an area that is weakened by another disease process. Causes of weakened bone include tumors, infection, and certain inherited bone disorders. There are dozens of diseases and conditions that can lead to a pathologic fracture. )
-Amyloidosis (a disorder characterized by the deposition of amyloid in organs or tissues of the animal body @ Amyloidosis is a rare disease in which a protein called amyloid accumulates in various tissues and organs, impairing normal function.)
-Important health information-
Past health history
Bone trauma, open fracture, open or puncture wounds, other infections
Surgery or other treatments
-Patient is frequently on bed rest in early stages of acute infection.
-Good body alignment and frequent position changes prevent complications associated with immobility and promote comfort.
-Foot drop can develop quickly in lower extremity if foot is not supported in a neutral position by a splint or if there is excessive pressure from a splint.
-Instruct patient to avoid activities that ↑ circulation and swelling and serve as stimuli to spread infection.
-Exercise, heat application.
-Teach patient potential adverse and toxic reactions with prolonged and high-dose antibiotic therapy.
-Lengthy antibiotic therapy can result in an overgrowth of Candida albicans.
-Patient and family often frightened and discouraged.
-Continued psychologic and emotional support is an integral part of nursing management.
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