Jacqui Fletcher

SEM Scanner Made Easy

 It is well documented that early diagnosis and intervention may contribute to pressure ulcer prevention, which is less costly that treatment. This Made Easy provides an overview of the SEM Scanner, a diagnostic tool that allows the user to ‘visualise pathology’ below the skin before...

IWII: Wound infection in clinical practice

This update provides an opportunity to explore contemporary advances in wound infection knowledge and practice. Since 2008, scientific and clinical understanding of chronic wound infection has developed significantly. In particular, awareness of the presence and impact of wound biofilm has advanced...

Position document: Management of biofilm

Antimicrobial and multi-drug resistance loom large on the global healthcare landscape, in particular in the treatment of chronic, hard-toheal wounds where current figures put the presence of biofilm in 60%–100% of non-healing wounds. While the role that biofilm play in the chronicity of wounds is...

Hybrid support surfaces Made Easy

The number of people at risk from pressure ulcers is increasing due to an ageing population and a rising prevalence of long-term conditions globally. Since most pressure ulcers are preventable, greater demands are being placed on practitioners to implement strategies for prevention. The variety of...

Ten top tips: reducing antibiotic resistance

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s 2014 report on global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance reveals that antibiotic resistance is no longer a prediction for the future; it is happening now, across the world. This has been driven by antibiotic overuse in humans and food-producing animals,...

Pressure ulcers and hydrocolloids Made Easy

Pressure ulcers pose a significant challenge to healthcare systems, and subject patients to considerable discomfort, pain and indignity. Although every effort should be made to prevent pressure ulcers, not all can be prevented. This article discusses the role of hydrocolloid dressings in the...

Prontosan Made Easy

This Made Easy section describes the mode of action, supporting evidence and practical application of the Prontosan® (B. Braun) range of wound cleansing agents. Regular cleansing and debridement are basic principles of wound bed preparation (WBP) and modern wound management[1-3]. These actions can...

Biofilms Made Easy

This article describes what biofilms are and the important roles they appear to play in disrupting wound healing. In addition, it discusses potential interventions aimed at removing/reducing biofilms and preventing their reformation in wounds.