Learning Objectives: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Identify effective methods for irrigation and débridement of wounds. 2. Describe methods for optimal closure of a wound. 3. Develop an algorithm for postoperative scar management. 4. Appreciate adjunctive clinical tools that may facilitate improvements in wound healing.
Summary: Treatment of all wounds requires adequate wound bed preparation, beginning with irrigation and débridement. Complicated or chronic wounds may also require treatment adjuncts or specialized wound healing products. An extensive body of research and development has introduced novel wound healing therapies and scar management options. In this second of a two-part continuing medical education series on wound healing, the reader is offered an update on current wound healing technologies and recommendations for obtaining optimal outcomes.