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UPCOMING WEBINAR | Thursday, September 29th at 1PM EDT

Chronic Wounds and Inflammation: What’s the Relation?


The goals of this presentation are to: describe the mechanism of inflammation; examine the relationship between inflammation and chronic wounds; discuss the importance of using products that manage and reduce inflammation to prompt healing; and demonstrate how these products can be integrated into patient care.



What Is a Chronic Wound? Assessment and Identification

Chronic wounds may have various etiologies, exist in multiple anatomic locations, and have numerous contributing factors. Understanding underlying health conditions, identifying key findings and risk factors, knowing the signs of infection, and the recognizing the impact of biofilm are all essential to a successful approach to chronic wounds. This Practice Accelerator white paper defines chronic wounds, describes the phases of wound healing in normally healing wounds compared with chronic wounds, and discusses biofilm formation and wound infection.


Quick Facts – Chronic Wound Management

Evidence shows that the multidisciplinary team approach to the wound care continuum improves outcomes by incorporating all aspects of wound management into a comprehensive treatment plan. As a wound’s healing progresses, clinicians should identify factors that may require the care team to reassess and modify the care plan accordingly. The continuum of wound care encompasses all phases of wound healing and includes assessment of the patient and the wound, interdisciplinary care planning, and changes in the care plan throughout the healing trajectory. Advanced wound care therapies are implemented as needed. This useful fact sheet provides wound care professionals with the essential elements of the wound care continuum.


Defining Chronic Wounds

The term chronic wound is frequently used when discussing challenges in wound care, and it is widely recognized as a wound state that presents a formidable public health challenge. Although this term has been used since the 1950s to describe wounds…

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Chronic Wounds and Biofilm

Wound healing is a complicated process that restores the skin’s barrier function to prevent further damage or infection. The healing process normally progresses through 4 phases: hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and…

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Cellular and/or Tissue-Based Products: Helping to Close Chronic Wounds

Wound healing typically progresses through four phases: hemostasis, inflammation, cell proliferation or granulation and repair, and epithelialization and remodeling of scar tissue. Clinicians should achieve wound closure through a standardized framework…

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Chronic Wound Care: How Do We Achieve Closure?

When a wound fails to progress through the phases of healing in a timely fashion despite the standard of care wound treatment provided, advanced therapies may be warranted. Wound care often needs a multifaceted approach that involves the…

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How Much Do You Know About Chronic Wound Management?

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Chronic Wound Management: Important Terms to Know

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.

Biofilm: A complex microbial community containing bacteria and fungi. The microorganisms synthesize and secrete a protective matrix that attaches the biofilm firmly to a living or nonliving surface. The biofilm contributes to underlying wound infection, chronic inflammation, and delay in healing, and it is present in 80% to 90% of chronic wounds and 6% of acute wounds.

Cellular and/or tissue-based products: Engineered wound dressing products created to promote biological repair or regeneration of wound tissue by providing signaling, structure, or cellular elements with or without systems that contain living tissue or cells. These products actively promote healing by stimulating the patient’s own cells to regenerate healthy tissue.

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