Avoid Unnecessary Use of Antimicrobial Dressings with the MolecuLight i:X™

Antimicrobial dressings play a vital role in wound care as they offer broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity with low risk of microbial resistance. Their broad action can be highly effective in killing bacteria, however it may also compromise healthy tissue and thus delay wound healing. Clinicians must ensure that the benefits of using antimicrobial dressings outweigh this potential negative effect.1

Use of the MolecuLight i:X in combination with clinical signs and symptoms can reassure the clinician that potentially harmful bacteria are not present at clinically significant levels. This could help the clinician avoid use of expensive antimicrobial dressings and select treatments that promote wound healing.

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Image taken in Standard Imaging ModeTM
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Image taken in Fluorescence Imaging ModeTM.
Absence of red color confirms lack of potentially harmful bacteria.

Wound Etiology
  • Venous leg ulcer
Anatomical Location
  • Mid left calf
Patient Demographics
  • Female, 70 years old
General Patient-Related Challenges
  • Poor circulation, heavy smoker
Patient’s General Care Paradigm
  • Collagenase cream
  • Routine wound care and dressing changes
Clinician Stated Utility of the MolecuLight i:X
  • Avoidance of antimicrobial dressings
  • Cost savings
Images provided by Rose Raizman RN-EC, MSc, Rouge Valley Health System, ON, Canada
MolecuLight Clinical Case 0036.

1. Antimicrobials Made Easy. Wounds International 2011; Volume 2; Issue 1