What is it about?

Reviews current methods and medical evidence for cleaning infected wounds. This is the first important step for getting a wound to heal. Simple irrigation and debridement are key components and often must be done frequently.

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Why is it important?

Wound healing will not progress with dirty colonized wounds. This approach takes the wound below the critical colonization level where wound granulation and healing will progress.


Our clinical experience continues to amaze us how important this step remains in the process. It should be done with a sterile technique. Autofluorescence imaging has shown us how limited the naked is for determining the critical colonization level. Irrigation can easily be done in the outpatient setting by mid-level providers.

James Stiehl
Medical College of Wisconsin

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This page is a summary of: Early wound bed preparation: irrigation and debridement, Journal of Wound Care, September 2021, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2021.30.sup9.s8.
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