Wound debridement: a clinical update
Agi McFarland Lecturer, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow
Fiona Smith Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh
This article aims to improve nurses’ knowledge of wound debridement through a review of different techniques and the related physiology of wound healing. Debridement has long been an established component of effective wound management. However, recent clinical developments have widened the choice of methods available. This article provides an overview of the physiology of wounds, wound bed preparation, methods of debridement and the important considerations for the practitioner in implementing effective, informed and patient-centred wound care.
Nursing Standard. 28, 52, 51-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.52.51.e9171Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 23 May 2014
Accepted: 19 June 2014