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Devitalized Tissue: What to Look For

Kelly McFee, DNP, FNP-C, CWS, CWCN-AP, FACCWS, DAPWCA

Wound debridement is an essential component of wound care and is integral to healing in chronic wounds to remove devitalized tissue from a wound. This removal of devitalized tissue is essential to promote granulation tissue formation and epithelization for wound closure. There are different kinds of devitalized tissue that may be debrided in a variety of ways. The type of debridement selected may be dependent on the characteristics of the wound, the clinician’s skill level, the treatment settings, and the patient’s needs at the time of care.

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Understanding Debridement and Making the Right Choice for Each Patient

Debridement, defined as the removal of necrotic nonviable tissue, infected tissue, or foreign debris, is an integral component of wound bed preparation and is used to promote healing. Understanding the different categories of debridement helps wound care professionals choose the most appropriate type for each individual patient’s wound. This white paper provides a comprehensive overview of debridement and discusses the importance of this procedure in wound care.

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Quick Facts – Debridement and Chronic Wounds

In patients with stalled, nonhealing chronic wounds, meticulous wound bed preparation is essential. A key component of this preparation is debridement, which consists of the removal of any nonviable tissue or foreign debris from the wound bed. Nonviable or necrotic tissue impairs wound healing. By removing this tissue, debridement helps move the wound along the healing trajectory, for optimal clinical results. Wound care professionals will appreciate this useful resource, which contains important information on the various methods of debridement currently used to promote healing in chronic wounds.

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Debridement and Wound Care: Important Terms to Know

Conservative sharp debridement: The removal of nonviable tissue from the wound bed through the use of sharp instruments at the bedside or in the clinic.

Debridement: The removal of nonviable tissue, debris, and biofilm from the wound bed.

Enzymatic debridement: The removal of nonviable tissue from the wound bed through the use of an enzymatic agent to liquefy this nonviable tissue.

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