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How Does it Work? Debridement Methods of Action

Presenter: Michael N. Desvigne, MD, FACS, CWS, FACCWS

Debridement is an essential part of wound therapy that allows the transition to subsequent therapies to promote healing. So how can clinicians know when debridement is adequate? The removal of non-viable tissue is critical, and the characteristics and quality of the tissue that remains after debridement are used to determine whether subsequent debridement sessions will be necessary.


Debridement Methods and Modes of Action

Debridement is the foundational component of wound bed preparation. In addition to removal of necrotic non-viable tissue, debridement eliminates cells that may harbor bacteria and thereby decreases the risk of infection, which can delay the healing process. This informative guide discusses methods of debridement, including surgical sharp, conservative sharp, mechanical, enzymatic, biological, and autolytic, as well as the mode of action of each and the types of tissue debrided.


Quick Facts – Debridement and Chronic Wounds

Download Quick Facts – Debridement and Chronic Wounds and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on the debridement methods used in current wound therapy. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.

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Terms to Know: Debridement and Wound Care

Conservative sharp debridement: Conservative sharp debridement is done outside the operating room, and although it removes necrotic tissue and debris, it is not as aggressive a procedure as surgical sharp debridement.

Eschar: Eschar is dead tissue and is found only in full- thickness wounds. It may be tan, brown, or black.

Fibroblasts: Fibroblasts have several roles in wound healing, including breaking down fibrin clots, creating new extracellular matrix and collagen structures, and contracting the wound.


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