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Quick Facts - Wound Biofilms

Quick Facts - Wound Biofilms
 

Biofilm, a complex microbial community containing microorganisms embedded in an extracellular polymeric substance, has emerged as a major factor in wound infection. Biofilm has been identified in more than 80% of chronic wounds examined by biopsy. Antibiotics may only partially eliminate the bacteria contained within a biofilm, but reduction of biofilm growth can be achieved by other means.

Wound care professionals will find the latest information on biofilm helpful for preventing or treating wound infections and thereby optimizing clinical outcomes for their patients.

This fact sheet contains vital information on biofilm and its role in wound infection, including:

Epidemiology of biofilm-based wound infections
Stages of biofilm formation
Techniques for identifying wound bioburden
Debridement in biofilm disruption
Complex interactions between biofilm and antibiotics
Non-viable tissue as a nidus of infection
Biofilm versus bioburden

Download Quick Facts – Wound Biofilms 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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