Antimicrobial Stewardship and Wound Care: What’s the Connection?

Speaker: Jennifer Hurlow, GNP-BC, CWCN

Approximately 700,000 people die annually of drug-resistant infections. Experts predict that this figure will increase to 10 million deaths each year by 2050. Antimicrobial stewardship seeks to combat this rising problem, but because infection is a common complication in health care—and especially in wound care—implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programs has been challenging.

Advances in antimicrobial stewardship include improved scientific understanding, alternative therapies, and technological tools that can assist in achieving goals within an antimicrobial stewardship program. Utilizing these advances can help clinicians promote better overall outcomes in patients with chronic, hard-to-heal wounds.

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