Early Identification of Wound Infection: Understanding Wound Odour

Karen Ousey, Debbie Roberts, Amit Gefen

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Malodorous wounds can be distressing for patients and their families, negatively impacting on quality-of-life outcomes. For health professionals malodorous wounds can also cause distress manifesting in feelings of disgust when faced with a wound emitting an unpleasant or repulsive odour. There has been investigation into the management of controlling odour particularly in relation to fungating wounds. However, there is limited research that explores techniques for early identification and recognition of wound odours that may be indicative of infection. Electronic nose technology has received some attention, but to date has not been integrated into either diagnostics of infection in wounds or education of health professionals to prepare them for the realities of clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-582
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of wound care
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2017


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