Nursing care plan for osteomyelitis

Nursing care plan for osteomyelitis


Introduction to Nursing Care Plan for Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is an acute or chronic inflammatory disease of the bones and bone marrow caused by microbial infection. It can be seen in both children and adults, but is more commonly found in children. The incidence of osteomyelitis has increased in recent years due to a rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


Ultrasound and x-ray imaging scans are used to diagnose osteomyelitis by detecting areas of bone inflammation, bone changes and platelet clumping. It is also important to obtain a full medical history including any past episodes of osteomyelitis.

Blood tests are usually used to detect the presence of the microorganisms responsible for the infection. This can help identify antibiotic-susceptible organisms and narrow down potential treatment options.

Nursing Diagnosis

The nursing diagnosis focuses on managing pain, maintaining adequate nutrition and fluid status, providing skin care to prevent breakdown, and promoting mobility to facilitate healing.

Specific nursing diagnosis includes:

  • Pain related to tissue damage and inflammation
  • Ineffective tissue perfusion secondary to compromised circulation
  • Nutritional imbalance related to loss of appetite
  • Risk for infection due to the presence of foreign bodies, inflammation and infection


Expected outcomes include:

  1. Pain is relieved as evidenced by decreased use of analgesics/pain medications.
  2. Immobility is minimized as evidenced by improved range of motion and strength.
  3. Nutrition is maintained as evidenced by improved food intake and maintenance of weight.
  4. Infection is prevented as evidenced by absence of fever, wound drainage, redness and/or swelling.


Interventions may include:

  • Administer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Provide nutritional support to maintain proper body weight, including providing high-calorie, high-protein foods.
  • Inspect the affected area daily for signs of infection or deterioration.
  • Elevate the affected area to minimize swelling and encourage circulation.
  • Encourage early range of motion exercises to promote mobility.
  • Assist with activities of daily living (ADLs) to minimize fatigue.


Rationales for these interventions includes:

  1. NSAIDs provide relief from inflammation and pain.
  2. Nutritional Support helps maintain proper body weight, which is necessary for the body to fight infection and heal the affected area.
  3. Inspections help identify any signs of infection, deterioration or any other changes that require medical attention.
  4. Elevation helps reduce swelling and encourages circulation.
  5. Range of Motion Exercises promote mobility and help prevent contractures.
  6. ADLs help conserve energy and prevent fatigue.


The evaluation of the nursing care plan should include the patient's response to the interventions, such as improvement in pain, mobility, nutrition, and overall wellbeing. Assessment should also include determination of the effectiveness of the interventions in preventing infections or further deterioration.


Nursing care plans for osteomyelitis focus on managing pain, maintaining adequate nutrition and fluid status, providing skin care to prevent skin breakdown, and promoting mobility to facilitate healing. With effective management and timely intervention, patients affected by osteomyelitis can have full recovery with minimal long term complications.


  • What is osteomyelitis?

    Osteomyelitis is a painful inflammatory disorder of the bones and bone marrow caused by bacterial infection.

  • What are the common signs and symptoms of osteomyelitis?

    The common signs and symptoms of osteomyelitis include pain, swelling, redness, heat, and tenderness in the affected area.

  • How is osteomyelitis diagnosed?

    Osteomyelitis is diagnosed by imaging scans such as ultrasound and x-ray, as well as blood tests for the presence of microorganisms.

  • What is the approach to treating osteomyelitis?

    Treatment involves medication to reduce inflammation and pain, nutritional support, elevation to reduce swelling, range of motion exercises to promote mobility, and assistance with activities of daily living.

  • What is the prognosis for osteomyelitis?

    With effective management and timely intervention, patients with osteomyelitis can experience full recovery with few long-term complications.

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