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The Necessity of Wound Debridement

Spear, Marcia ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3181cfe684
DEPARTMENTS: Wound Care Management

Wound debridement has evolved over the centuries and is now recognized as a major component of wound bed preparation. Debridement involves the removal of nonviable tissue and is essential to promote healing and reduce the risk of local infection (Fairbairn, Grier, Hunter, & Preece, 2002). In addition, maintenance debridement of the obvious necrotic tissue and excessive bioburden is essential before a wound can proceed to healing.

Marcia Spear, ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Wound Specialist, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Address correspondence to Marcia Spear, ACNP-BC, CPSN, CWS, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, D-4207 Medical Center North, Nashville, TN 37232 (e-mail: marcia.spear@vanderbilt.edu).

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