Control and treatment of infected wounds

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter


Wounds are classified as acute or chronic. Acute wounds are divided into traumatic and surgical. In intact skin, the normal bacterial colonization is balanced. A wound jeopardizes this balance and infection may occur. In acute wounds, the presence of particular bacterial species such as Staphylococcus aureus seems to be a risk factor for the occurrence of an infection. To reduce the risk of surgical site infections preoperative skin preparation is necessary. In chronic wounds aerobic or facultative pathogens are the primary causes of infection. The treatment of chronic wounds includes treatment of the aetiological basis of the ulcer and treatment of the wound bed. Debridement of the wound bed prevents the occurrence of wound infection and assists wound healing. If a wound infection does occur, antimicrobial therapy is inevitable and it is recommended to give the patient an antibiotic that covers the likely causative organism.


External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Infectious Medicine


  • Negative pressure wound therapy, Ulcers, Wound classification, Wound infection
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFunctional Biomaterials
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780081006061
ISBN (Print)9781782424567
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

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