Use of a cellulose PHMB dressing in clinical practice

Infection is the single most important contributory factor in delayed wound healing. All wounds contain micro-organisms (mainly bacteria), but not all wounds will become infected. The potential for bacteria to delay healing is influenced by the ability of the patient’s immune system to combat the bacteria as well as the number and type of bacteria present (WUWHS, 2008). Prevention of wound infection should be a primary management objective for all clinicians, while early diagnosis can reduce the risk of complications and treatment costs (White, 2009)