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.
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From the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Received for publication February 3, 2013; accepted April 25, 2013.
Disclosure: Dr. Janis is a member of the advisory board for Integra LifeSciences and a consultant for LifeCell. Dr. Harrison has no financial disclosures.
Jeffrey E. Janis, M.D., Department of Plastic Surgery, Ohio State University Medical Center, 915 Olentangy River Road, 2nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43212, firstname.lastname@example.org