Debridement is an important part of wound bed preparation. There are many types of debridement, and all can cause potential harm to the patient when performed without advanced knowledge, skills, and preceptor mentorship. The Canadian Best Practice Recommendations produced by Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada provide 12 national recommendations that place patient and nurses� safety at the forefront. These recommendations focus on how to achieve, perform, and initiate all methods of debridement competently.
The Quick Reference Guide (QRG) provides a one page visual algorithm for nurses to follow when faced with decisions about initiating, performing, or authorizing debridement. This session will highlight considerations for some common methods of debridement using case studies and posing assessment questions to guide nurses in their education, skills, and experiential journey towards achieving competency in debridement. This session will explore how debridement is currently defined across the country, discuss scope of practice, and focus on the bigger picture to ensure patient safety remains at the centre of quality decision making in wound management.
Debridement: Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Nurses: Developed by Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada. 2021 1st Ed.