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A guide to wound debridement

Debridement is a key element of wound management. Leanne Atkin gives a nurse's overview

Wound debridement, the removal of devitalised tissue, continues to be a cornerstone of wound management. There are many different methods of wound debridement, these are grouped into autolytic, surgical/sharp, mechanical and biological categories, each of which have specific advantages and disadvantages.

The decision as to whether to debride a wound and which method(s) to choose is very individualised, therefore all practitioners involved in wound care must be competent at wound bed assessment and have an awareness of all debridement options available.

This article will provide a brief overview of wound bed assessment, give information about the decision process of whether to debride and describe different methods of wound debridement.

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