Debridement

Debridement is the “removal of devitalised or contaminated tissue from within or adjacent to a wound until surrounding healthy tissue is exposed”.

Rational for wound debridement

  • Allows true dimensions of a wound to be perceived
  • Removes pressure (callus) from the edge of the wound
  • The presence of slough/necrosis delays or prevents wound healing
  • Allows drainage of exudate
  • Enables deep swab to be taken
  • Restores a chronic wound to an acute wound
  • Devitalised tissue provides an ideal medium for bacteria to grow
  • Once devitalised tissue has been removed wounds have the opportunity
    to progress to healing