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Identification and management of biofilm in chronic wounds

Evidence suggests that biofilm is present in at least 78% of nonhealing wounds, and it is widely accepted that its presence may be a cause for delayed healing in some patients. As the majority of chronic wounds are managed in a community setting, it is important that clinicians have an understanding of what biofilm is, how to identify its presence in the wound, and how to carry out biofilm-based wound care (BBWC). AQUACEL® Ag+ Extra™ is a unique dressing that has been specifically designed to manage biofilm. It combines antimicrobial and anti-biofilm components, which work in synergy to successfully disrupt biofilm, expose microorganisms to the broadspectrum antimicrobial activity of ionic silver in chronic wounds and to help prevent biofilm re-formation, thus making it worthy of inclusion in the biofilm care pathway.