The presentation will focus on the 4 steps of wound hygiene: wound cleansing, debridement, refashioning the wound edge and application of appropriate wound dressings. Aspects of the development and clinical relevance regarding wound hygiene will be highlighted and will provide the participants with practical strategies to implement into their practice regardless of skill or setting. The aim of wound hygiene is to provide proactive wound care for a wound that has been deemed hard-to-heal or suspected of having biofilm impeding healing.
The newest update on wound hygiene is a flexible three-phase framework that supports the implementation of this concept.
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