You will need the right bandage to help assist the wound debridement process.

Debridement can be a tricky element to the wound healing process that essentially comes down to making sure you have the right product for treating the injury. Removing damaged, dead or infected tissue is a delicate procedure that can result in a number of painful symptoms if not effectively dealt with, including wound infection, delayed healthy tissue development and profuse bleeding. Debridement is also extremely helpful for a clinician to accurately assess the depth of a wound as well as the physical state the surrounding muscle tissue is in. Here are a few tips for which products to use for various types of wound debridement, as well as how to efficiently use them to treat wounds.

Honey sheet dressings

Honey has been a pivotal part of wound care for thousands of years, being utilized as a healing product as far back as the ancient Egyptians. It works as a beneficial topical antimicrobial agent that can rid a wound of unwanted bacteria as well as eliminate anti-inflammatory activity that could stunt the treatment process. One of the main traits honey sheet dressings can provide during the debridement procedure is combating infectious bacteria while also producing lymphatic flow to devitalized tissue, which means cell migration can effectively adhere to damaged tissue.

DermaSciences offers a few honey-based alginate dressings that can add osmotic pressure to a wound based on its high sugar level content, which will boost autolytic debridement of dead tissue. Make sure to wrap honey sheet dressings with a second covering that will help absorb any excess exudate.

Alginate dressings

A common side effect you will more than likely come across during the wound debridement period is exudation; the discharge of excess cells or fluid is a routine side effect during inflammatory stages. The best types of bandages to absorb all these unwanted substances are alginate dressings, which can soak in up to 20 times their own weight. Alginate products work to maintain a moist wound environment that promotes sufficient healing and tissue re-growth, while also absorbing the excess fluids that can delay healing stages. The best part about alginate dressings is that they can easily be removed from a wound without causing any damage to incoming healthy tissue granulation. Medline, Convatec, Hollister, Systagenix as well as Smith and Nephew are a few of the trusted brand names that produce quality alginate dressings, and their products are available at Advanced Tissue.

Occlusive dressings

Using a waxy coating that allows for maximum seal capabilities, occlusive dressings are typically a gauze-based covering intended for open wounds with excess dead tissue. They also help enhance the healing qualities of creams and ointments due to their tight airlock pressure. Although they don’t have the absorbing capabilities of alginate dressings, initially using a hydrogel based dressing that is covered with an occlusive dressing may be the best method for supplying both necessary moisture and making necrotic tissue easier for removal, while not allowing any excess bacteria or air exposure due to its tight seal.

Wet gauze dressings

Mechanical debridement is a stage of removing unwanted tissue around the wound by using various types of medical equipment. Whenever mechanical debridement is the primary option for extracting necrotic tissue, a wet dressing may be used to cover the wound prior to tissue removal. When a wet gauze covering is placed over the wound bed, necrotic debris is trapped within the gauze, so when the bandage is removed, the debris goes out with it. You can find a variety of gauze-based dressings as well as a wide variety of other wound care products at Advanced Tissue.