Debridement, the process of removing layers of skin during wound treatment, is used to keep the injury site clean and decrease formation of scar tissue, according to Mount Sinai Hospital. During the procedure, the physician removes tissue that is either infected or contains dead cells or areas of hardening.
Debridement techniques include surgical removal of nonviable tissue, application of medications that dissolve damaged tissue or mechanical methods such as whirlpool baths. Dressings may also be used to contain the wound's fluids and promote the body's ability to heal itself, says Mount Sinai Hospital.
Frequent debridement is associated with faster and more complete wound resolution, reports Medpage Today. Increased treatment time correlates to longer intervals between debridement.