Assessing the bioburden in poorly healing wounds

2014, Vol 1, No 1, pages 14–16

Diagnosing when a wound is critically colonised can be difficult because these wounds do not display classical signs of infection and do not have clearly elevated levels of bioburden. Recent research suggests that the critically colonised state of a wound may be more precisely described as a colonisation by polymicrobial biofilm communities. Biofilm-based wound care emphasises the debridement of biofilms combined with the use of bacterial barrier dressings that prevent their rapid reformation.

Authors

  • Daniel Gibson

    Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Wound Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

  • Gregory Schultz

    UF Research Foundation Professor, Institute for Wound Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

  • Hussam Itani

    Wound Care Specialist , Dubai, UAE

  • Priscilla Phillips

    Post-Doctoral Associate, Institute for Wound Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

  • Qingping Yang

    MS Senior Biological Scientist, Institute for Wound Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA