Serous / Sanguinous

  1. Talking about wound drainage... Serous/serosanguinous/sanguinous. Thought i knew but now not so sure. I know this is stupid... thanks
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   bummer83
    serosanguinous fluid:wink2:
  4. by   StNeotser
    serous - watery like fluid

    Sanguineous - bloody fluid.

    serosanguinous - bit o' both.
  5. by   Reno1978
    serous is usually pale yellow and transparent

    serosanguinous would be the same as the above with blood involved, so it usually looks like diluted blood.

    I use the terms serous and serosanguinous often....but....

    sanguinous would contain mostly blood. I don't think I've ever really used this term when describing any type of drainage, or heard anyone I work with use this term. Usually if there is frank red blood coming out of anywhere on a patient, we state just that.