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The Wound Microbiome: Striking a Bacterial Balance

The Wound Microbiome - Striking a Bacterial Balance
 

Clinicians aim for the perfect healing cascade to wound closure. However, inconsistencies in the wound healing continuum impair healing as a result of significant factors such as biofilm formation and infection. Biofilms consist of exopolymers and mixed microorganisms, and their prevalence in chronic wounds approaches 80%. To promote wound healing, clinicians must implement principles of wound bed preparation, use multiple concurrent strategies, and manage host factors for the prevention and treatment of biofilm formation.

This illustrated guide provides background information on the composition and mechanisms of biofilms and their role in wound chronicity and infection. It also describes current evidence-based best practice for preventing and disrupting biofilm formation.

Wound care professionals treating patients with chronic wounds will appreciate both the overview of biofilm formation and the latest practical, hands-on methods to prevent and manage biofilms and related infections in wound care, to facilitate the healing process for optimal clinical outcomes.

This guide discusses the following topics:

Biofilm prevalence
Risk factors for biofilm formation
Biofilm composition and development
Antibiotic-biofilm interactions
Wound infection control measures
Debridement methods for maximal biofilm disruption
Topical wound care products and therapies
Systemic antibiotics and drug resistance

Clinicians aim for the perfect healing cascade to wound closure. However, inconsistencies in the wound healing continuum impair healing as a result of significant factors such as biofilm formation and infection. Biofilms consist of exopolymers and mixed microorganisms, and their prevalence in chronic wounds approaches 80%. To promote wound healing, clinicians must implement principles of wound bed preparation, use multiple concurrent strategies, and manage host factors for the prevention and treatment of biofilm formation.

This illustrated guide provides background information on the composition and mechanisms of biofilms and their role in wound chronicity and infection. It also describes current evidence-based best practice for preventing and disrupting biofilm formation.

Wound care professionals treating patients with chronic wounds will appreciate both the overview of biofilm formation and the latest practical, hands-on methods to prevent and manage biofilms and related infections in wound care, to facilitate the healing process for optimal clinical outcomes.

This guide discusses the following topics:

Biofilm prevalence
Risk factors for biofilm formation
Biofilm composition and development
Antibiotic-biofilm interactions
Wound infection control measures
Debridement methods for maximal biofilm disruption
Topical wound care products and therapies
Systemic antibiotics and drug resistance

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