Preparing the wound by cleansing and debriding prior to applying a dressing has positive results. Clinically, the treatment speeds up wound healing; economically, successful cleansing and debridement by carers reduces the use of other resources (e.g. nursing time, treatment costs; burden to the health system)1,2.
Debridement can help to prevent and manage wound infection – including disrupting and removing biofilms. This needs to be done regularly, as biofilms can reform and mature within 24 hours3. According to the NHS, mechanical debridement can be done in the community, at the clinic or at the bedside and is a useful addition to autolytic debridement at dressing changes1.