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Abstract: Wounds are dynamic environments in which dead tissue, exudate, and the bacterial bioburden interact in a complex manner among themselves and with the tissue of the host. Bacteria organize into biofilms, reducing their susceptibility to elimination by the host immune response and antimicrobials. Early detection of biofilms in wounds is crucial to successful chronic wound management; and although many techniques have developed to identify planktonic counterparts in viable wounds, few have been able to quickly and accurately identify bacterial biofilms. Future studies are needed to find means of identifying and monitoring biofilm colonization at the bedside to permit timely initiation of treatment. In this review, we examine some promising new technologies that hope to identify and quantify the process of biofilm formation in chronic wounds.

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