Understanding wound bed preparation and wound debridement

Karen Ousey, Caroline McIntosh

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Wound bed assessment and optimum local wound care are essential to facilitate the wound healing process. The presence of devitalized tissue, for instance necrotic tissue or slough, is common in hard-to-heal wounds and acts as a barrier to healing. There are several debridement options available to the practitioner with the choice of wound debridement technique being made following a holistic assessment of the patient and the wound. The method of debridement should be discussed with the patient and family where appropriate and consent to treatment obtained prior to the procedure being undertaken.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue number1 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2010


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