WoundCon Fall 2021 – An Online Virtual Wound Care Conference & Expo WoundCon Fall 2021 – An Online Virtual Wound Care Conference & Expo
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Translating the Science: Recognition and Treatment of Chronic Wound Infection


Jennifer Hurlow, GNP-BC, CWCN
Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse

Jennifer Hurlow is an American Nurses Credentialing Center certified nurse practitioner with a specialty certification in wounds from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has dedicated the last 22 years to the management of acute and chronic wounds. Her experience includes all care venues, including nursing homes, home health, hospitals, and outpatient settings. Jennifer has spoken at wound conferences across the globe. She has written and co-written a number of papers on wound-, skin-, and continence-related issues and has a special interest in clinical identification and management of wound-related infection. Jennifer has most recently been in the United Kingdom, where she has studied wound infection in diabetic foot ulcers from a microbiological perspective. She has now returned to the United States, where she is continuing learn about and promote links between wound infection and cost-effective wound healing.

Chronic, hard to heal wounds typically have an uncertain healing trajectory caused by a combination of underlying host comorbidities and local impeding factors, such as microbial bioburden. In addition to the clinical challenges, these chronic wounds impose a significant economic burden, amounting to approximately 1% to 3% of the total health care expenditure in high-income countries.

This cost is compounded by an aging population, the prevalence of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, and the continued (and often inappropriate) use of antibiotics in the treatment of wounds with uncertain infection status. Chronic wound infections are microbiologically, immunologically, and clinically distinct from acute wound infections and require a different treatment strategy.

This session will address the clinical manifestations, microbial involvement, and host inflammatory response in chronic wound infections and provide recommendations for the most effective treatment strategies to ultimately improve healing outcomes and support antibiotic stewardship efforts in wound care.

Registrants attending this session will learn:

  • The distinctions between acute and chronic wound infections
  • Appropriate treatment strategies for improving healing outcomes while practicing antibiotic stewardship principles in wound care
  • The evolution of wound care dressing technology to address the challenges of chronic wound infection

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