The necessity of wound debridement

Plast Surg Nurs. 2010 Jan-Mar;30(1):54-6. doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3181cfe684.


Wound debridement has evolved over the centuries and is now recognized as a major component of wound bed preparation. Debridement involves the removal of nonviable tissue and is essential to promote healing and reduce the risk of local infection (Fairbairn, Grier, Hunter, & Preece, 2002). In addition, maintenance debridement of the obvious necrotic tissue and excessive bioburden is essential before a wound can proceed to healing.

MeSH terms

  • Debridement*
  • Humans
  • Necrosis / therapy
  • Postoperative Care / methods*
  • Surgical Wound Infection / prevention & control*
  • Wound Healing*