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Keywords

skin bacteria, bacteria, and wounds microbiome

 

Authors

  1. Zulkowski, Karen DNS, RN

Abstract

PURPOSE: To enhance the learner's competence with knowledge of the implications of skin bacteria for wound care.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.

 

OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:

 

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the implications of skin bacteria for wound care.

 

2. Apply knowledge of skin bacteria regarding wound care to patient care scenarios.

 

ABSTRACT: Skin is the body's physical barrier to the outside world. Its primary role is to protect the body from organisms or toxic substances, while maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance. Because skin interfaces with the outside world, it develops an ecosystem that may be colonized with bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mites.