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How to Choose an Antimicrobial Wound Dressing: Questions to Ask and Factors to Consider

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Laura Swoboda, DNP, APNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN-AP
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Professor of Translational Science and Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Laura Swoboda, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CWOCN-AP is a Professor of Translational Science, Nurse Practitioner, and Wound Healing Coordinator at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she advocates for nurse practitioners and nurse participation in research. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) with a thesis titled “Decreasing Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries Through Education in Braden Sub-Score Based Prevention Interventions.” During her time at UWM she was able to study abroad in both Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Swoboda is a strong proponent of evidence-based practice, and she enjoyed participating on an international research team in Amphur Muang, Thailand. Dr. Swoboda is a faculty member of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin, where she serves as principal investigator for quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research projects, including the planning, implementation, management, and dissemination of projects in chronic wound care. She further participates in the research process in serving as a peer reviewer for scientific journals. Dr. Swoboda is a member of the editorial board for the Wound Care Learning Network and is co-president of the Metro-Milwaukee Chapter of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. 


1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Moderation by Cheryl Carver, LPN, WCC, CWCA, FACCWS, DAPWCA, Clinical Educator, WoundSource

Antimicrobial dressings should be used when wound healing is delayed by biofilm or bioburden, but selecting a suitable dressing can be challenging. Some antimicrobial dressings promote wound healing in certain wound types while being detrimental in others. Choosing an appropriate dressing from the wide array of products is essential for optimal outcomes.