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

Antimicrobials play a vital and routine role in chronic 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 ointments and 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 antimicrobials are not warranted. This can help the clinician  gauge when to switch to treatments that promote wound healing.

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Prior to Removal of NPWT
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No red fluorescence on gauze suggests absence of bacteria
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No red fluorescence observed in wound or wound periphery

Wound Etiology
  • Venous leg ulcer
Anatomical Location
  • Inner lower calf
Patient Demographics
  • Male, 84 years old
Patient’s General Care Paradigm
  • Regular gauze
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
Clinician Stated Utility of the MolecuLight i:X
  • Avoidance of antimicrobials
  • Cost savings
Images provided by Rose Raizman RN-EC, MSc, Rouge Valley Health System, ON, Canada
MolecuLight Clinical Case 0038.

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