New Technology Detects Wound Infections

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A new device can determine whether bacteria are present in a wound, according to a Bioengineering Today report, which cited a study published in the Journal of Wound Care.

The MolecuLight i:X uses fluorescence to illuminate bacteria. When the device is placed over a wound, the image on its screen will light up in red to reveal the bacteria.

Researchers used the device to examine 60 lower limb chronic wounds. They detected nine common pathogens found in chronic wounds, including Staphylococcus aureus.

In the study's abstract, the researchers note the following: "Fluorescence imaging of wounds offers clinicians real-time information on a wound's bacterial burden, insight which can influence treatment decisions at the point-of care."

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Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.