Wound debridement: a clinical update
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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.e9171



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 23 May 2014

Accepted: 19 June 2014