Clinical Assessment for Localized infections
first inspect the area for redness and swelling caused by inflammation. Because there may be drainage from open lesions or wounds, wear clean gloves. Infected drainage may be yellow, green, or brown, depending on the pathogen. For example, green nasal secretions may indicate a sinus infection. Ask the client about pain or tenderness around the site. Some clients may complain of tightness and pain caused by edema. If the infected area is large enough, movement may be restricted. Gentle palpation of an infected area usually results in some degree of tenderness. In addition to gloves, wear a surgical mask to prevent additional contamination of the wound. Wear protective eyewear when there is a risk for splash or spray with blood or body fluids.