Professor University of Copenhagen København N, Hovedstaden
The presence of biofilm is one of the fundamental reasons that chronic wounds do not heal in a timely manner. The biofilm life cycle provides microbes protection from antibiotics and host immune responses and can increase the chance of invasive wound infections. Detection of biofilm in wounds in clinical settings is challenging and is an emerging science. Microorganisms can exist both in the planktonic and biofilm state. However, it is not the biofilm per se that represents the greatest obstacle to the healing of a chronic wound, but its virulence and pathogenicity. This session will focus on the concept of biofilm virulence and its impact in the healing of wounds.