Infections in injecting drug users


Appropriate Tests

Infections are more common

Wound swab for microscopy and culture, Blood culture, Virus detection.

See also HIV infection, Hepatitis B virus infection, Hepatitis C virus infection, Septicaemia, Skin abscess.

Consider Urea, Electrolytes, Glucose, Liver function tests, Creatine kinase, Drug levels, Full blood count, Blood gas arterial, serology for blood borne virus if IV drug user. See Guideline on Pathology testing in the Emergency department: Appendix 2.

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