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Antimicrobial agents used in wound care 

Antimicrobial agents used in wound care
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Antimicrobial agents used in wound care
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Chris Roberts

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198716006.003.0007
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date: 29 January 2022

Antimicrobial agents (antimicrobials) are of major importance in the treatment of a wide range of infectious diseases, including skin and soft tissue infections. There are hundreds of different types and their use can be very confusing because of their different modes of action and spectrum of activity. As antimicrobial resistance has developed, it is important that their use is fully understood, especially in wound care where many antimicrobial resistant strains are isolated. This chapter explains some fundamental differences between the various groups of antimicrobials, describes their appropriate use in wound care, and the various methods available for testing susceptibility

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