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Managing Unresponsive Infected Wounds

Presenter: Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON, FACCWS

Wound infections can result in delayed healing, as well as increased pain and distress to patients and their families. Diagnosing infection in chronic wounds is not always straightforward—signs and symptoms of infection are often more subtle. The reason that some chronic wounds do not heal can be understood by the concept of critical colonization. Several diagnostic tools on the market can aid in the identification of critically colonized wounds. This program will address how to identify wounds that may be critically colonized and how to treat those wounds.


Wound Infection: Quick Guide to Diagnosis and Management

Wound infections are common complications of healing, and wound care professionals strive to prevent, identify, and manage these infections. Wound care is continuing to evolve in our current era of drug-resistant pathogens and antimicrobial stewardship, with innovative strategies and therapeutic advances. This guide, created for wound care professionals, contains the latest information on wound infection management, including antibiotic use tailored specifically to local, regional, and systemic infections.


Quick Facts – Infection Control and Wound Management

Download Quick Facts – Infection Control and Wound Management and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet  provides wound care professionals with essential information to navigate the diagnosis and treatment of wound infection in the current era of drug resistance. It also outlines the principles of antimicrobial stewardship and the components of a successful institutional antimicrobial stewardship program.


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Terms to Know: Infection Control and Wound Management

Antimicrobial dressings: Dressings that contain substances with antimicrobial properties, such as silver, chlorhexidine, honey, or iodine. These dressings can be effective in reducing bioburden and promoting healing.

Antimicrobial stewardship: Collective measures that are taken to slow the evolution of multidrug-resistant organisms.

Bacterial resistance: The capacity of bacteria to withstand the effects of antibiotics that are meant to kill them; this term is commonly used interchangeably with antibiotic resistance.


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Managing Infected Chronic Wounds

Experts predict that deaths related to antimicrobial resistant infections could rise from 700,000 per year to 10 million by the year 2050. In order to combat the rising danger of antimicrobial resistant organisms, clinicians have begun adopting antimicrobial stewardship practices to treat and manage infected wounds. Watch this brief overview video to learn more about antimicrobial stewardship and the educational resources made available on infection control during this month’s Practice Accelerator program.

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