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Jan Apelqvist

Physician

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Defying hard-to-heal wounds with an early antibiofilm intervention strategy : 'Wound hygiene'

Author

  • Christine Murphy
  • Leanne Atkin
  • Joachim Dissemond
  • Jennifer Hurlow
  • Yih Kai Tan
  • Jan Apelqvist
  • Garth James
  • Nathalie Salles
  • Jun Wu
  • Masahiro Tachi
  • Randall Wolcott

Summary, in English

Biofilm has been implicated as a barrier to wound healing and it is widely accepted that the majority of wounds not following a normal healing trajectory contain biofilm. Therefore, strategies that inform and engage clinicians to reduce biofilm and optimise the wound tissue environment to enable wound progression are of interest to wound care providers. In March 2019, an advisory board was convened where experts considered the barriers and opportunities to drive a broader adoption of a biofilm-based approach to wound care. Poor clarity and articulation of wound terminology were identified as likely barriers to clinical adoption of rigorous and proactive microbial decontamination that is supportive of wound healing advancement. A transition to an intuitive term such as 'wound hygiene' was proposed to communicate a comprehensive wound decontamination plan with an associated message of expected habitual routine. 'Wound hygiene', is a relatable concept that supports meticulous wound practice that addresses barriers to wound healing, such as biofilm, while aligning with antimicrobial stewardship programmes..

Department/s

  • EXODIAB: Excellence of Diabetes Research in Sweden
  • Genomics, Diabetes and Endocrinology

Publishing year

2019

Language

English

Pages

818-822

Publication/Series

Journal of Wound Care

Volume

28

Issue

12

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Emap Healthcare Limited

Topic

  • Nursing

Keywords

  • antimicrobial stewardship
  • biofilm
  • chronic wound
  • hard-to-heal wound
  • wound hygiene

Status

Published

Research group

  • Genomics, Diabetes and Endocrinology

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0969-0700