Understanding wound bed preparation and wound debridement

Br J Community Nurs. 2010 Mar;15(3):S22, S24, S26, passim. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2010.15.Sup12.S22.


Wound bed assessment and optimum local wound care are essential to facilitate the wound healing process. The presence of devitalized tissue, for instance necrotic tissue or slough, is common in hard-to-heal wounds and acts as a barrier to healing. There are several debridement options available to the practitioner with the choice of wound debridement technique being made following a holistic assessment of the patient and the wound. The method of debridement should be discussed with the patient and family where appropriate and consent to treatment obtained prior to the procedure being undertaken.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autolysis
  • Debridement* / methods
  • Debridement* / nursing
  • Humans
  • Humidity
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Infection Control
  • Larva
  • Necrosis
  • Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Peptide Hydrolases / therapeutic use
  • Skin Care* / methods
  • Skin Care* / nursing
  • Wound Healing
  • Wounds and Injuries / nursing*
  • Wounds and Injuries / pathology


  • Peptide Hydrolases