Lesson 1: Debridement

It’s important to remember to teach patients at their level in order to provide the best understanding. Not every patient acquires knowledge in the same way. Patient education about wound cleansing and the debridement technique will help them understand what to expect, reduce their worries, and become more involved in the decision-making process regarding their wound healing results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the definition of debridement?

Explain the procedure, including its advantages, risks, and pain management options. Instruct them to contact the doctor if there is persistent bleeding, evidence of infection, or uncontrollable discomfort.

  • What is the reason for my wound being debrided?

Explain how this will aid in the healing of their wound. It is possible that there will be some minor bleeding, and their wound will be dressed for protection and thermoregulation.

  • What is the frequency with which my wound will be debrided?

Explain that some wounds are debrided on a weekly or as-needed basis in some cases. Other debridement procedures, either alone or in combination, may be employed to keep the wound free of biofilm and free of infection.

  • When you debride my wound, will it hurt at all?

Include information about any anticipated discomfort and pain-prevention measures, such as using lidocaine or other preventative measures, and establish that the provider will stop if the pain becomes unbearable and or the patient wants the provider to stop.