Enhanced Education for Wound Infection

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Effectiveness
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Safety
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Rochester, MN
Wound Infection+8 More
Enhanced Education - Behavioral
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
Eligible conditions
Wound Infection

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a set of patient education materials can reduce the incidence of wound non-healing and infection.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Wound Infection
  • Surgical Wound Dehiscence
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Wounds
  • Infections
  • Wound Breakdown
  • Wounds and Injuries
  • Open Wound
  • Wound Complications
  • Wound Infection Post-Traumatic

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Estimate

1 of 3

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Enhanced Education will improve 1 primary outcome and 2 secondary outcomes in patients with Wound Infection. Measurement will happen over the course of 6 months.

1 year
shorter time to wound healing
6 months
Patient satisfaction with wound education
Utilization of education curriculum designed for learners with low literacy, dyslexia and associate learning disorders

Trial Safety

Safety Estimate

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Control
Patients with open surgical wounds

This trial requires 300 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Enhanced Education is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Patients with open surgical wounds
Behavioral
Patients with open surgical wounds will undergo enhanced packing education with curriculum designed for learners with low literacy, dyslexia or associated learning disorders.
ControlNo treatment in the control group
Treatment
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Enhanced Education
2011
Completed Phase 3
~320

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 1 year
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 1 year for reporting.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
M. D. Z.
Martin D. Zielinski, Principal Investigator
Mayo Clinic

Closest Location

Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Rochester, MN

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There is one eligibility criterion to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Adult patients on the general surgery service with open wounds requiring packing

Patient Q&A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What are common treatments for wound infection?

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Effective wound treatment should include a combination of adequate skin coverage, moisture, and infection control. Treatment for wound infection may include debridement, antibiotics, or both. The choice of antibiotic depends on both the location of infected tissue and infection type; it should always be broad-spectrum (including antibiotics that cover MRSA); it should be given for a sufficient amount of time (generally a minimum 7 days), to cover the infection; it should be given on a daily basis, as a single dose of antibiotic usually does not cover for all three phases of wound infection.

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What is wound infection?

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The rate of wound infection is low in this cohort of patients with chronic wounds, possibly owing to the use of prophylactic antibiotics and the meticulous wound care practices.

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What causes wound infection?

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Wound infections of moderate or severe severity are associated with poor clinical outcomes, particularly in pediatric burn patients, and are often recalcitrant to treatment. An aggressive approach to antimicrobial usage is needed to improve the clinical outcomes in these patients.

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How many people get wound infection a year in the United States?

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Approximately 9.7 million people get wound infection a year in the Unites States of which half (5.4 million) were admitted to a hospital for at least 1 day. The major cause to this high burden of wound infection is surgical procedures.

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Can wound infection be cured?

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Results from a recent paper has shown that even a relatively small wound inoculum of the organism in question may cause systemic dissemination of the organism if left untreated. It therefore seems that wound infection may be a curable condition that can be cured.

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What are the signs of wound infection?

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The signs of the infection vary in severity and may be related to the location of the infection on the body, the time that the wound is present on the body and the severity of the infection. \nSome examples of the signs and symptoms of wound infection include the following:\n\nWound infection can be treated with antibiotics. The wound can be cleaned with a damp dressing and kept clean with wound care products.\n\nWhen cleaning a wound, it is important to make sure it is clean and ready to heal. It is recommended that the wound stay dry by not allowing the wound to get wet. When it is dry, it will be more effective in healing faster.

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How does enhanced education work?

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The implementation of an ED-based wound care intervention increases wound rate documentation, wound care behaviors, and overall patient rate of achieving the goal of 100% dressing changes. While the goal of achieving 100% dress changes for a wound has not yet, overall, been reached. It likely has not been achieved at our institution as we have only had ED patients at the time. This data support our use of ED as a method to educate and change patient behavior. This approach may help reduce healthcare resource utilization while achieving the same goal of a clean, dry, healthy wound as we have achieved previously with the standard ED protocol.

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Does wound infection run in families?

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In contrast to wound infection in general population, where women have a higher risk, paternal and siblings' risk for wound infection was found to be significantly higher than in the general population, indicating the possible link between WIS and paternal or siblings' gene inheritance. Interestingly, wound infection in first degree relatives was significantly higher than in the general population.

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What is enhanced education?

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An enhanced education program can significantly improve health literacy; thus, it had a positive impact on health awareness and patient knowledge of common common wound care guidelines, including wound dressings.

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Have there been any new discoveries for treating wound infection?

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It appears that for the first time in the last 60 years, there has been a breakthrough in wound infection therapy. The use of silver in wound dressing has been approved in the UK. Wound dressing with antimicrobial silver is now being sold in countries all over the globe, including the US, Canada, Germany. The use of silver-free wound dressing is slowly becoming more popular. Power helps you choose the perfect wound dressing for your wound, because many different types are available. In addition to the wound dressing there are many other antimicrobial products available.

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What does enhanced education usually treat?

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Enhanced education may lead to improved wound healing without having any significant effect on reducing postoperative infection, which is the main worry of many patients undergoing laparoscopic procedures.

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What are the common side effects of enhanced education?

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No difference was found between the groups, and the main conclusion was that there is not an increase of side effects when a patient is told about possible side effects when using medicines. In our experience, the patient accepts the information better when given in a simple, non-directive manner with clear explanations about what, why and when to check. In both groups the most common side effect was headache which was transient only.

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