The debridement of chronic wounds: a systematic review

Bradley M, Cullum N, Sheldon T
Record ID 31999009329
Authors' objectives:

1. To summarise the evidence for the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different debriding agents on wound healing.

2. To identify areas for future research.

Authors' recommendations: No studies were found that compared debridement with no debridement and without these studies it is unclear whether wound debridement is a beneficial process that expedites healing. There is insufficient evidence to promote the use of one debriding agent over another. There was only a single comparison between two debriding agents that produced a significant result (hydrogel significantly reduced necrotic wound area compared with dextranomer polysaccharide paste).
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Wound Healing
  • Debridement
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme
Contact Address: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health and Care Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK
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