Biofilm-based wound care

Discover a new strategy for battling the toughest biofilms

Biofilm-based wound care

Discover a new strategy for battling the toughest biofilms

When it comes to fighting biofilm-related infections in chronic and acute wounds, there is no one-step solution. The best plan of attack is a proactive approach using an aggressive strategy based on elements of wound bed preparation. This new strategy helps:

  • Reduce the biofilm burden
  • Prevent reconstruction of biofilm
  • Advance wound healing
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More than 90% of chronic wounds
contain biofilm, which stalls wound healing1.

How biofilm forms in the wound
Biofilms create a protective environment for the most virulent pathogens making it much more difficult for therapies to penetrate and reach the bacteria that causes infection2.

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Microbes move towards an area where nutrients are concentrated and attach to the surface.

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As microbes mature, they start to secrete extracellular polymers, forming a protective matrix.

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Mature biofilms cast off microbes on a repetitive basis that can disperse and attach to other parts of the wound bed.

What experts are doing to solve the biofilm challenge

Skin health webinar

Watch the webinar, “Management of chronic wounds: Chronic wounds are chronic infections caused by biofilm” with Dr. Randall Wolcott

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Expert guidance

Discover the “Step down, step up” clinical method to managing biofilm

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We want to be aggressive on the very first visit, and we want to do multiple, combined strategies.”

Dr. Randall Wolcott, Leading Wound Care Specialist

Defining the aggressive strategy for managing biofilm:

  1. Frequent sharp debridement to remove biofilms
  2. Application of topical dressings to disrupt and inhibit reformation of biofilm
  3. Anti-bacterial agents release (iodine) to kill bacteria in the dressing

Take a closer look at fighting biofilm

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Explore our system of products

Here are two effective tools to use when dealing with challenging wounds.

PluroGel Burn and Wound Dressing
Softens, loosens and traps debris to help disrupt biofilm (based on in vitro testing) and promote a moist wound healing environment 3.

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IoPlex Iodophor Foam Wound Dressing

loPlex Iodophor Foam Wound Dressing
Antibacterial iodine with controlled release technology helps manage biofilm.

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  1.  Attinger C and Wolcott R. Clinically addressing biofilm in chronic wounds. Advances in Wound Care. 2012;1(3):127-132. Available at: Accessed September 16, 2019.
  3. Yang Q, Larcose C, Porta AD, Della Porta AC, Schultz GS, Gibson DJ. A surfactant-based wound dressing can reduce bacterial biofilms in a porcine skin explant model. International Wound Journal. 2017;14(2):408-413