The management of wounds is complicated by not only the diversity of wounds but also the variety of wound care products now available to clinicians. In order to optimize patient outcomes and effectively influence wound treatment plans, nurses must be knowledgeable about wound etiology and current evidence-based best practices for their management. This activity will focus on bioburden and infection in chronic wounds. Specifically, learners will be provided with information about the development of microbial infection and its impact on wound healing, as well as the microbiology of chronic wounds. The identification and management of bioburden and infection in chronic wounds will also be detailed.
After completing this continuing education activity, the participant will be able to identify and manage bioburden and infection in chronic wounds. Specifically, they will be able to (a) differentiate contamination, colonization, critical colonization, and infection; (b) identify the impact of biofilms on wound healing and management to improve wound care practices; and (c) select appropriate evidence-based strategies for the management of wound infection to improve patient outcomes.
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