Critically discuss the nursing assessment and the nursing management (including any preventative measures) of this complication.

Critically discuss the nursing assessment and the nursing management (including any preventative measures) of this complication.

Robert, a 27 year old accountant, presented to an emergency department with an abscess to the middle third of his right thigh. Robert is normally fit and well, he takes no regular medications and smokes approximately 15 cigarettes per day. The abscess started five days ago and has been treated with oral antibiotics following consultation between Robert and his General Practitioner. The abscess has grown significantly larger and is exquisitely painful, causing Robert to walk with a limp. The surgical registrar has assessed Robert and notes that Robert has a large abscess to the right thigh, a fever and tachycardia. Robert’s vital signs, pre-operatively, are as follows:


 

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