Role of wound cleansing in the management of wounds

2014, Vol 1, No 1, pages 33–38

Wound cleansing should be seen as an integral part of wound bed preparation to optimise the wound environment by removing debris, reducing bacterial load and preventing biofilm activity. Clinicians have a number of options to choose from when selecting an appropriate wound irrigation solution. Factors to consider include the ability to mount a rapid antimicrobial response to microbial contamination, while avoiding damage to human cells important for wound healing.

Authors

  • Randall D Wolcott

    Medical Director, Southwest Regional Wound Care Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA

  • Jacqui Fletcher

    Independent wound care consultant , Bedfordshire, UK

  • Stephen Rowley

    Clinical Director, Association for Safe Aseptic Practice, London, UK

  • Simon Clare

    Director of Research and Development, Association for Safe Aseptic Practice, London, UK