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Quick Facts - Infection Control and Wound Management

Quick Facts - Infection Control and Wound Management
 

The overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics have contributed to the evolution of multidrug-resistant organisms that endanger the lives of patients who require antimicrobial treatment. Antimicrobial stewardship has arisen in response to this worldwide medical crisis.

Antimicrobial stewardship is an approach that aims to slow the development of multidrug-resistant pathogens. It consists of infection prevention and control measures, prudent use of antibiotic agents when necessary, therapeutic alternatives to antibiotics, and staff and patient education initiatives.

This fact sheet provides wound care professionals with essential information to navigate the diagnosis and treatment of wound infection in the current era of drug resistance. It also outlines the principles of antimicrobial stewardship and the components of a successful institutional antimicrobial stewardship program. Specific topics include the following:

Antimicrobial resistance–related mortality statistics
Unnecessary or inappropriate use of antibiotics
Diagnosis and treatment of wound infections
Biofilm and bioburden in impaired wound healing
Alternatives to antibiotics in wound care
Antimicrobial stewardship program components and principles

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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