What are the goals of débridement in the treatment of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Débridement is aimed at removing all devitalized tissue that serves as a reservoir for ongoing bacterial contamination and possible infection. Extensive débridement should be done in the operating room, but minor débridement is commonly performed at the bedside. Although many of these patients are insensate, others are unable to communicate pain sensation. Pain medication should be administered liberally, and vital signs may indicate pain perception. Care should be taken with bedside débridement because wounds may bleed significantly.


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