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.
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