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Clinical Challenges Associated with the Management of Wound Infections

Presenter: Jennifer Hurlow, GNP-BC, CWCN

In this presentation, participants will learn about the many factors involved in the risk for infection, as well as key challenges associated with accurate diagnosis and treatment of an infected wound. Practical intervention strategies in the management and prevention will also be discussed.


Wound Infection Diagnosis and Management:

An Overview of Topical Therapies

This useful guide reviews specific evidence-based practices for the use of topical antibiotics and the clinical effectiveness of these agents in the treatment of infected wounds. It also provides a list of diagnostic clues to wound infections, as well as a systematic strategy for prevention and management of chronic wounds.

A Fact A Day – Wound Infection Management

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

How Much Do You Know About Wound Infection Management and Prevention?

Take our 10-question quiz to find out!

Terms to know: Wound Infection Management

Acute wound: Alteration in skin integrity such as a simple laceration or a surgical wound that moves normally through the healing process and heals in a predictable timeframe without complication.

Antibiotic resistant: Organisms that have the ability to alter themselves genetically so that antibiotics do not have an inhibitory or lethal effect on them, thus allowing continued proliferation.

Antimicrobial resistant: Microorganism such as bacteria, viruses, and some parasites with the ability to resist antimicrobial agents.


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