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Options for Nonsurgical Debridement of Necrotic Wounds

Singhal, Anu BA; Reis, Ernane D. MD; Kerstein, Morris D. MD

Features: Clinical Management Extra: Debridement

PURPOSE: To offer an educational experience that will help to improve the participant's understanding of the various types of nonsurgical debridement.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This CME/CE activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic wounds.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. Describe the role of debridement in wound healing.

2. Identify the different types of nonsurgical debridement.

3. Summarize the benefits and limitations of the different types of nonsurgical debridement.

4. Identify wounds that should not be debrided.

Medical Student, • The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (Singhal), Assistant Professor, • Department of Surgery, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (Reis), • Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Surgery, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY (Kerstein)

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.

The authors thank Gae O. Decker-Garrad for editorial assistance.

Submitted November 16, 2000; accepted December 20, 2000.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.