Debridement of Wounds Aids Healing
Debridement, a process by which unhealthy tissue, bacteria, and other foreign bodies are removed from a wound, is a key aspect of treating wounds. And the more often it’s done, the better, a study found. Researchers studied data on 155,000 people treated for wounds and learned that more frequent medical cleaning of wounds was associated with quicker healing. For instance, diabetic foot ulcers—one of the most common types of wounds examined in the study—healed in an average of 21 days when debrided at least weekly and 76 days when debrided once every two weeks or less frequently. But debridement isn’t as simple as washing the wound with soap and water. It might include surgery or the use of medication, and often takes place at a hospital or wound care center.
Source: JAMA Dermatology, published online July 24, 2013