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Treatment strategies for wound infection 

Treatment strategies for wound infection
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Treatment strategies for wound infection
Author(s):

Jacqui Fletcher

, Keith Harding

, and Alastair Richards

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198716006.003.0010
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date: 26 June 2022

Managing wound infection is a complex situation requiring thorough diagnostic skills on the part of the clinician but also a good understanding of the realities of clinical practice. Patients live in the real world and it is frequently the environment in which care is practised as well as the complexities of individual patients that makes tailoring care to individual patients challenging. This chapter reviews key issues in managing infection including the role of cleansing and debridement, the use of antimicrobial agents (both systemically and topically), and identifying the differences in managing acute wounds and chronic wounds where infection may be persistent and recurrent.

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