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How may the uterus change if there is an infection?

- Sub-involution = uterus feels wide and boggy, meaning its poorly contracted
- Fundus may deviate to one size and not get smaller
- Woman may experiences tenderness on palpation
- Blood loss fresher and heavier and may be foul smelling
- May pass clots


What are the signs of wound infection?

- Inflammation and tenderness around the wound
- Slow healing or gaping at the skin edges
- Pain felt deeper in the wound area
- Clear/ purulent exudate (pus)


What are the signs of breast infection?

- May feel tight and swollen
- One segment may be flushed or inflamed
- One/both nipples may have cracked, broken or discoloured/ flaky skin