Ms. G., a 23-year-old diabetic, is admitted to the hospital with a cellulitis of her left lower leg. She has been applying heating pads to the leg for the last 48 hours, but the leg has become more painful and she has developed chilling.
•Complains of pain and heaviness in her leg.
•States she cannot bear weight on her leg and has been in bed for 3 days.
•Lives alone and has not had anyone to help her with meals.
•Round, yellow-red, 2 cm diameter, 1 cm deep, open wound above medial malleolus with moderate amount of thick yellow drainage
•Left leg red from knee to ankle
•Calf measurement on left 3 in > than right
•Temperature: 38.9 degrees C
•Height: 160 cm; Weight: 83.7 kg
•WBC 18.3 x 10¹² / L; 80% neutrophils, 12% bands
•Wound culture: Staphylococcus aureus