Wound Care

Monday, January 18, 2016

Proper wound care is important for healing. This is especially true for diabetics. Wound debridement is the removal of dead, damaged, dying or infected tissue. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this process in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Debridement is the process of removing dead tissue from pressure ulcers, burns and other wounds, speeding the healing process.

Wounds that contain necrotic, or dead, tissue take longer to heal. The necrotic tissue may become colonized with bacteria, producing an unpleasant odor. Though the wound is not necessarily infected, the bacteria can cause inflammation and strain the bodys ability to fight infection.

Necrotic tissue may also hide pockets of pus called abscesses. Abscesses can develop into a general infection that may lead to amputation or death.

Not all wounds need debridement. Sometimes it is better to leave a hardened crust of dead tissue than to remove it and create an open wound.

Some ulcers and other wounds occur in places where blood flow is impaired, for example, the foot ulcers that can accompany diabetes mellitus. In such cases, the physician or nurse may decide not to debride the wound because blood flow may be insufficient for proper healing.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.