Defying hard-to-heal wounds with an early antibiofilm intervention strategy: 'Wound hygiene'

Christine Murphy, Leanne Atkin, Joachim Dissemond, Jennifer Hurlow, Yih Kai Tan, Jan Apelqvist, Garth James, Nathalie Salles, Jun Wu, Masahiro Tachi, Randall Wolcott

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Biofilm has been implicated as a barrier to wound healing and it is widely accepted that the majority of wounds not following a normal healing trajectory contain biofilm. Therefore, strategies that inform and engage clinicians to reduce biofilm and optimise the wound tissue environment to enable wound progression are of interest to wound care providers. In March 2019, an advisory board was convened where experts considered the barriers and opportunities to drive a broader adoption of a biofilm-based approach to wound care. Poor clarity and articulation of wound terminology were identified as likely barriers to clinical adoption of rigorous and proactive microbial decontamination that is supportive of wound healing advancement. A transition to an intuitive term such as 'wound hygiene' was proposed to communicate a comprehensive wound decontamination plan with an associated message of expected habitual routine. 'Wound hygiene', is a relatable concept that supports meticulous wound practice that addresses barriers to wound healing, such as biofilm, while aligning with antimicrobial stewardship programmes..

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818-822
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Wound Care
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 2


  • antimicrobial stewardship
  • biofilm
  • chronic wound
  • hard-to-heal wound
  • wound hygiene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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