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Defying Hard to Heal Wounds with an Early Anti-Biofilm Intervention Strategy. Wound Hygiene.

THE NEED FOR WOUND HYGIENE

Addressing the burden of biofilm

Biofilm is an independent factor that delays or stalls healing. A lack of visible film does not indicate the absence of biofilm. It should be assumed that, in hard-to-heal wounds, biofilm is present.

To improve management of hard-to-heal wounds, it is necessary to address the stubborn biofilm present in the majority of these challenging wounds.

We believe that every wound, no-matter how challenging, can progress to healing when the tenacious biofilm is addressed using Wound Hygiene.

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WHEN TO IMPLEMENT WOUND HYGIENE

The case for early intervention

Why wait? Wound hygiene proposes that, to promote healing, biofilm must be managed early. Since risk or costs associated with early intervention are likely to be less than those associated with biofilm-related wound complications, we should not wait to start biofilm based wound care.

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