Defying Hard-to-Heal Wounds with an Early Antibiofilm Intervention Strategy: Wound Hygiene
Wound hygiene is based on the concept that wounds, like healthy tissue, require basic hygiene. This view was reinforced in 2019 by a panel of international wound care experts who developed a consensus document on wound hygiene for general practice. This document is especially relevant given the prevalence of non-healing wounds, the role of biofilm as an impediment to healing, and the urgency to reduce antibiotic use worldwide.
This international consensus document provides an overview of biofilm formation and its role in delayed wound healing, the epidemiology of chronic wounds, and the burden of non-healing wounds on quality of life, on health care use, and on financial resources. The document then details the four basic steps of wound hygiene—cleansing, debriding, refashioning the wound edge, and dressing the wound.
Wound care professionals will appreciate this authoritative, illustrated, and thoroughly referenced document, which details current best practices in early invention using wound hygiene.
This consensus document contains the following elements:
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