Dead tissue in the form of slough and necrosis can, if present in a wound, delay healing and promote infection. Debridement describes any method by which such materials are removed and as a consequence the potential to achieve wound healing enhanced. Debridement can be achieved either through the use of wound care products or by conservative sharp debridement. This procedure will focus on the removal of devitalised tissue by Conservative Sharp Debridement (CSD)

This procedure will only be undertaken by Specialist Nurse(s) in Tissue Viability who have successfully completed a validated educational programme in wound debridement at a minimum of degree level including assessment of competency in practice. Conservative sharp debridement is an extended role for the specialist nurse.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Sue Harris, Senior Specialist Nurse in Wound Management
Ratified by: Nursing and Midwifery Assurance Group
Date Ratified: August 2021
Date Issued: August 2021
Review Date: August 2024
Target Audience: Specialist Nurses in Tissue Viability
Contact name: Sue Harris, Senior Specialist Nurse in Wound Management


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