March is Wound Infection Management Month
Promoting Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Age of MDROs
As part of the WoundSource Practice Accelerator series, we are offering you this educational portal into a variety of topics related to the diagnosis and management of infected wounds.
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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.
Clinical Challenges Associated with the Management of Wound Infections
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. Presented by Jennifer Hurlow, GNP-BC, CWCN.
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.
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.
Read This Month's Featured Blogs
Clinical Challenges in Diagnosing Infected Wounds
Given the impact of infection on delayed wound healing, determining the presence of colonization and infection is imperative to achieving healed outcomes. Chronic wounds are always contaminated, and timely implementation of management and treatment interventions is a key component of the plan of care.
Surgical Site Infections: Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies
Of the millions of surgical procedures performed annually, most surgical site wounds heal without complications. Surgical site infections (SSIs) are common complications that may occur after surgery, and that may delay healing, therefore increasing the cost of care.
Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Wound Management: State of the Science
Among the greatest triumphs of modern medicine were the identification and naming of the Penicillium mold by Alexander Fleming in 1928, and its ability to inhibit bacteria growth on culture medium. Penicillin was then developed by the team of Heatley, Chain, and Florey in England during the Second World War. This miracle brought about the ability to cure previously untreatable diseases and devastating infections that had high morbidity and mortality rates.
Wound Chronicity and Infection: Strategies for Prevention and Management
Effective wound management and the prevention of infection for patients with wounds are not only key to wound improvement, but also to avoiding a slide into a state of chronicity. Unfortunately, many wounds that start out simple turn into chronic wounds because of the complications associated with comorbid conditions and secondary infection.
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