Debridement of Burn Wounds
This chapter describes the surgical procedure for debridement of burn wounds as performed by the following approaches: using mechanical or sharp techniques by curetting, scraping, roughening, or cutting. The text includes an introduction that outlines the indications, risks, alternatives, essential steps, needed equipment, and variations in technique for the procedure in question. This is followed by a template operative dictation, which provides the reader with an operative report, such as that found in a patient chart or electronic medical record. A description is provided of the following critical concepts for this procedure: the removal of loose, devitalized, necrotic, and/or contaminated tissue, foreign bodies, and other debris on the wound.