A Quick Guide to Infection Prevention

The CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network data suggests that nearly 1 in 20 patients who undergo surgery will develop a surgical site infection (SSI). Of healthcare-associated infections, SSIs make up 31% of all healthcare-associated infection; in 2013, and estimated 157,500 SSI infections were associated with inpatient surgeries.*

Proper wound care is essential to preventing infections for patients in all practice settings, and any healthcare provider should stay informed about the most current and effective treatments out there. If you are a wound care specialist, or even if you are not, take a second to look over these clinical, practical articles focused on infection prevention.

* “Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Event,” CDC and NHSN.

Resources and Clinical Articles

What’s causing your patient’s lower-extremity redness?

The ability to understand or “read” lower-extremity redness in your patient is essential to determining its cause and providing effective treatment. Redness can occur in multiple conditions—hemosiderin staining, lipodermatosclerosis, venous dermatitis, chronic inflammation, cellulitis, and dependent rubor. This article provides clues to help you differentiate these conditions and identify the specific cause of your patient’s
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Using maggots in wound care: Part 1

Maggot therapy is the controlled, therapeutic application of maggots to a wound. Simple to use, it provides rapid, precise, safe, and powerful debridement. Many wound care professionals don’t provide maggot therapy (also called wound myiasis) because they lack training. But having maggot therapy technology available for patients adds to your capabilities as a wound care
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