Under the Microscope: Biofilm Management and Wound Care
January is Biofilms and Wound Care Month!
As part of the WoundSource Practice Accelerator series, we are offering you this educational portal into a variety of topics related to infection control and biofilm management.
Please scroll below to choose your learning experience and please share this page with your social network and colleagues. Expanded awareness leads to better prevention and care!
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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.
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How much do you know about biofilms and wound care? Take our quick quiz to find out!
Read This Month's Featured Blogs
Biofilm and Wound Healing
Biofilm is a complex microbial community containing self- and surface-attached microorganisms that are embedded in an extracellular polymeric substance. The extracellular polymeric substance is a primarily polysaccharide protective matrix synthesized and secreted by the microorganisms that attaches the biofilm firmly to a living or non-living surface.
Wound Bed Preparation and Biofilm Management
One of the greatest challenges when dealing with biofilms in chronic wounds is identifying their existence in the first place. The extracellular polymeric substance or EPS on biofilms essentially is an invisible cloak that protects and hides biofilms from both the body’s immune system and antimicrobial therapies.
Biofilm Investigation: What’s Under the Microscope?
Have you ever had plaque buildup on your teeth, seen a thin clear film on the top of your pet’s water bowl, or stepped into a locker room shower where the floor felt slick and slimy? If so, then did you realize these were all forms of biofilm? Biofilm is a complex microbial community containing self- and surface-attached microorganisms that are embedded in an extracellular polymeric substance, or EPS.
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.
Biofilm: A complex microbial community containing self- and surface-attached microorganisms that are embedded in an extracellular polymeric substance or EPS.
Clean technique: Meticulous hand washing or sanitizing that is utilized while preparing a clean field; the equipment including gloves, instruments, and dressings can be from multiuse or bulk packaging and not sterile for each use or application; the term non-sterile does not mean that it was not ever sterile, but that the package is multiuse and with appropriate technique can be used.
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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