August 29, 2023
Brent Lloyd, RN, Owner and Founder, Inv2Vis
In my past as a clinical specialist for a Negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) company, biofilms were never mentioned. That was over 10 years ago. It’s amazing how much we have learned, what we now know about our environment, and how we recognize that this knowledge is always expanding. I read an article recently that was written by Fergus Watson and posted to LinkedIn.
He begins by introducing Biofilms as, “Structured communities of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms encased in a protective matrix of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). This matrix provides shelter, enhances resistance against antibiotics, and facilitates the survival and growth of microorganisms within the biofilm.”
That, in itself, shines light on the complexity of biofilms. In the wound care setting, this knowledge provides more insights into the issues associated with effective topical, debridement, and wound dressing strategies.
More information on this can be found at: https://5dhpg.com/sectors/wound-care