Debridement for surgical wounds

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There is insufficient evidence on the efficacy of various methods of debridement on wound healing and the rate of debridement to guide clinical practice. There are very few large high quality trials evaluating the efficacy of various methods of debridement that have been conducted after 1990. Studies recently conducted by manufacturers of new and existing wound debridement products have used controlled trials methods, retrospective analysis of patient case notes and case studies as evidence of effectiveness therefore more high quality randomised controlled trials are needed.

There is a common belief that debridement of infected surgical wounds helps to increase wound healing. However, there is no consensus on the best method for debridement. The aim of the review was to assess the effectiveness of various methods of debridement on wound healing and rate of debridement.

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