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JAMA Patient Page | Wound Infections IN FE C TIO N S The Journal of the American Medical AssociationJAMA PATIENT PAGE Wound Infections Skin protects the body from infection. Breaks in the skin can occur through punctures (like a nail or a thorn), abrasions (scrapes or scratches), or lacerations (rips in the skin tissue). Healthy individuals can develop infections through wounds in the skin. However, it is more likely that persons with underlying immune system (the body’s ability to fight infection) problems will develop wound infections if a break in their skin occurs. The October 26, 2005, issue of JAMA includes an article about use of supplemental oxygen to decrease the risk of surgical wound infections. SIGNS OF WOUND INFECTIONS FOR MORE INFORMATION • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 800/311-3435 • American College of Surgeons 800/621-4111 INFORM YOURSELF To find this and previous JAMA Patient Pages, go to the Patient Page link on JAMA’s Web site at Many are available in English and Spanish. Janet M. Torpy, MD, Writer Alison Burke, MA, Illustrator Richard M. Glass, MD, Editor 2122 JAMA, October 26, 2005—Vol 294, No. 16 Sources: American College of Surgeons, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The JAMA Patient Page is a public service of JAMA. The information and recommendations appearing on this page are appropriate in most instances, but they are not a substitute for medical diagnosis. For specific information concerning your personal medical condition, JAMA suggests that you consult your physician. This page may be photocopied noncommercially by physicians and other health care professionals to share with patients. To purchase bulk reprints, call 718/946-7424. • Redness, warmth, and tenderness in the area of the wound • Pus—a foul-smelling, yellowish-white fluid coming from the wound • Fever RISK FACTORS • Older age • Di

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