The Challenge of Biofilm

A Widespread Problem

Excessive bioburden can adversely affect tissue repair and delay healing1 and often takes the form of biofilm, a colony of bacteria encased in an extracellular polymeric substance (EPS).1,2

Reducing bioburden to a level that host defenses can contain may inhibit biofilm formation and facilitate healing.3 However, conventional strategies alone are often insufficient.

Current Treatment Strategies

Because biofilm can be resistant to host immunity, antibiotics, and topical treatments,4 it presents a significant challenge and is often unresponsive to conventional strategies:

  • Systemic antibiotics can fail to reach adequate levels in localized tissue5
  • Following debridement, biofilm begins to re-form within 24 hours3
  • Topical antimicrobials, such as silver, have demonstrated cytotoxic effects associated with delayed healing6,7

PHMB helps to control bioburden and limit biofilm formation without inhibiting healing, aiding in chronic wound management.

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