Implementation of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) as a standard of care has proven efficacious in reducing both the healing time and likelihood of nosocomial infection among pressure ulcers and traumatic, combat-related injuries. However, current formulations may not target or dramatically reduce bacterial biofilm burden following therapy. The purpose of this study was to determine the antibiofilm efficacy of an open-cell polyurethane (PU) foam (V.A.C.® Granufoam™) loaded with a first-in-class compound (CZ-01179) as the active release agent integrated via lyophilized hydrogel scaffolding. An ex vivo porcine excision wound model was designed to perform antibiofilm efficacy testing in the presence of NPWT. PU foam samples loaded with a 10.0% w/w formulation of CZ-01179 and 0.5% hyaluronic acid were prepared and tested against current standards of care: V.A.C.® Granufoam Silver™ and V.A.C.® Granufoam™. We observed statistically significant reduction of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Acinetobacter baumannii biofilms with the CZ-01179 antibiofilm foam in comparison to current standard of care foams. These findings motivate further development of an antibiofilm PU foam loaded with CZ-01179.
- A. baumannii
- Negative pressure wound therapy