Bed Sore Infections

 A bed sore which becomes infected can not only slow the healing process, but also create additional complications, some of which can be life threatening.  


  •  an increase in the size or drainage of the sore
  • increased redness around the sore
  • areas of blackness beginning to develop
  • the sore has a foul odor
  • drainage turns a greenish color
  • patient develops a fever


 Complications that can arise from a pressure sore infection can include a prolonged time of bed rest because of the slow healing.   A severe infection can result in amputation of the affected area.  Additionally, the infection may spread to other areas of the body and result in the following:

  • SEPSIS – Bacteria from the wound site enters the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body.  Sepsis can be life-threatening, as it progresses rapidly and may induce organ failure.
  • CELLULITIS – An acute infection of the skin’s connective tissue which can lead to sepsis or meningitis.
  • BONE & JOINT INFECTIONS – The infection tunnels down to the bone or joints and can damage cartilage and tissue resulting in reduced functioning of the joints and limbs.
  • CANCER –   Nonhealing, chronic wounds are susceptible to a form of cellular cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) that can be agressive and require surgical treatment.