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Quick Facts - Infection Control and Wound Management

Quick Facts - Infection Control and Wound Management 2020
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Chronic wounds, more recently also referred to as “hard-to-heal wounds,” are common, costly, and debilitating. Factors that delay healing of these wounds include wound etiology and comorbidities, wound size and depth, anatomic location of the wound, wound duration, and the presence of a biofilm.

Biofilms are identified in more than 80% of chronic wounds. To support wound healing progress, biofilms must be removed. As part of a wound hygiene protocol, debridement disrupts biofilm and promotes wound healing, but this treatment must be repeated throughout the healing trajectory because biofilm recurs persistently.

This fact sheet is packed with the latest information on biofilms, debridement, and wound hygiene. Health care professionals who treat patients with chronic wounds will appreciate this useful resource. The fact sheet covers the following topics:

“Chronic” wounds versus “hard-to-heal” wounds
Contributors to wound chronicity
Biofilm composition, formation, and pathogenicity
The role of debridement in biofilm disruption
Types of debridement
Steps in wound hygiene

Download Quick Facts – Infection Control and Wound Management to share with colleagues in your facility. The print-friendly format lends itself to posting on the bulletin board or handing out to your nursing staff at in-service.

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