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Biofilms in Wound Management: An Overview

In the United States, approximately 16 million new biofilm-based infections are diagnosed every year. Biofilm-associated diseases include burns, pressure injuries (ulcers), surgical site infections, and diabetic foot ulcers. This guide provides health care professionals with a clear overview of biofilm and its relevance to clinical wound care.

A Fact A Day – Biofilms and Wound Care

Download A Fact A Day – Biofilms and Wound Care and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on wound biofilm management and infection prevention. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.

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Terms to Know: Biofilms and Wound Care

Aerobic microorganisms: Organisms thriving in an oxygen-rich environment.

Anaerobic microorganisms: Organisms thriving in an oxygen-depleted environment.

Bioburden: Normally defined as the number of bacteria living on a surface that has not been sterilized. The term is most often used in the context of bioburden testing, also known as microbial limit testing, which is a quality control test performed on medical devices and pharmaceutical products.

Biocide: An agent that kills microorganisms.


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Biofilm and Wound Healing

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