Wound infections can result in delayed healing, as well as increased pain and distress to patients and their families. If left untreated, these infections may even lead to death. Organisms are becoming increasingly difficult to treat because of antibiotic resistance. Wound infections can also be costly to treat.
Diagnosing infection in chronic wounds is not always straightforward—signs and symptoms of infection are often more subtle. The reason that some chronic wounds do not heal can be understood by the concept of critical colonization. Several diagnostic tools on the market can aid in the identification of critically colonized wounds.
This program will address how to identify wounds that may be critically colonized and how to treat those wounds. It will cover a wide range of topics, from appropriate assessment techniques to topical management for unresponsive wounds.
- Identify signs and symptoms of infection in chronic wounds.
- Understand how to treat critically colonized wounds.
- Know how to take a holistic approach to patients with stalled or unresponsive wounds.
Chronic wounds may not always manifest with common signs of infection such as redness, warmth, and increased drainage. The clinician must know how to take a holistic approach to diagnosis and management of wounds that may be critically colonized or locally infected while at the same time following the principles of antibiotic stewardship.