While acute wounds follow a normal healing process, chronic wounds get stalled along the way. This slow-down in healing is often due to the presence of biofilm, and research has shown that up to 90 percent of non-healing wounds contain biofilm.1
Biofilms are bacterial structures physically attached to a surface and difficult to remove with standard antibiotics and biocides.2 When it comes to biofilm in chronic wounds, you won’t be able to completely remove it. Instead, your goal is to inhibit its growth to allow the wound to start healing.
To help manage biofilm, follow these proven tools and strategies.
Debridement removes dead tissue and wound debris that can be a barrier to healing. It also forces bacteria within the biofilm to become more active, making them more vulnerable to antibacterial agents.3
Certain wound care products can inhibit biofilm from reforming on the wound surface after debridement. This inhibition forces the bacteria to work harder and longer, which opens the door for advanced wound healing approaches.
There are many different types of antibacterial agents that can be chosen from. Each has its benefits and pitfalls. Iodine is an antibacterial agent that has numerous in-vitro studies that demonstrate its power at managing biofilm.
Biofilm can present an obstacle to wound healing because it grows quickly and is resistant to most antibiotics and biocides.6 Be sure to assess each patient individually, being ready with aggressive measures and advanced wound care if you suspect a wound has stalled. To help a chronic wound start healing, be persistent and prepared with multiple strategies and tools.
Learn more about biofilm:
Management of chronic wounds: Chronic wounds are chronic infections caused by biofilm
Biofilm: Why it matters to wound care and treatment innovations to fight it
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