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For removing debris and superficial slough from wounds or skin, there really is no better choice than Debrisoft.

  • Sterile, single use monofilament fibre pad
  • Features Debrisoft’s proven patented Monofilament Fibre Technology™
  • Ideal for superficial wounds and hyperkeratosis on skin
  • Lifts debris and superficial slough from the skin or wound bed
  • Binds debris and slough between the fibres of the pad
  • Removes barriers to healing
  • Aids in the assessment of pressure ulcers

Debrisoft - also available as Debrisoft Lolly

Indications

Indications for use:

  • Prior to using Debrisoft, a full holistic assessment should be completed.
  • Wash off any emollients before using Debrisoft.
  • Always fully moisten Debrisoft with tap water or saline before use. (Always refer to local guidelines.)
  • Debrisoft does not contain latex.
  • Debrisoft is for single-use only.
  • Where very stubborn slough or hard necrosis is present, treatment by autolytic debridement, using dressings prior to treatment with Debrisoft pad would be advised. Consider ActiformCool, Suprasorb X or Subrasorb X + PHMB according to wound conditions and product indications.
  • Following the use of Debrisoft, reassess the wound/skin before selecting an appropriate dressing/therapy.
  • In some cases, it may be necessary to use Debrisoft on more than one occasion.
  • Larger areas may take longer to treat, depending on the amount of slough, debris or hyperkeratosis present.

Contraindications:

  • Debrisoft must not be used as a wound dressing.
  • Do not cut Debrisoft.
  • Debrisoft should not be used if there is a known sensitivity to any components of the product (100% polyester head, 100% polypropylene handle).

Ordering codes

LR code PIP code Hospital code
Debrisoft 10x10cm 358-1287 ELZ354

Clinical evidence

Consensus Document:Management of hyperkeratosis of the lower limb

An expert working panel have written this to improve understanding of hyperkeratosis and give guidance on its treatment.

Author: Expert working panel
Publication: Wounds UK
Date: November 19th, 2015

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Understanding the role of a monofilament debridement pad in the management of diabetic foot ulcers

Debrisoft does not replace all methods of debridement but can facilitate patient access to immediate and rapid debridement across a range of healthcare settings where care is shared.

Author: Paul Chadwick, Andrew Findlow
Publication: The Diabetic Foot Journal
Date: November 1st, 2015

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How a monofilament debridement pad helped to bridge the gap in the debridement of orthopaedic wounds

Debrisoft has become the preferred debridement method in a busy out patients department.

Author: G. Jackson
Publication: EWMA 2015
Date: October 8th, 2015

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Mechanical debridement: a brief overview

This article explains why we debride, what mechanical debridement is and where Debrisoft fits in.

Author: Zena Moore
Publication: British Journal Of Nursing May 2015
Date: October 2nd, 2015

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Debrisoft:making the case

This guide is designed to be used to help make the case for implementing Debrisoft into clinical practice.

Author: Wounds UK
Publication: Wounds UK
Date: May 1st, 2015

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Innovations in compression for chronic oedema

The supplement is written for the specialist nurse or clinician with specialist skills in the management of chronic oedema, with a focus on late stage 2/3 fibrotic lymphoedema.

Author: Whitaker, Elwell, Atkin, Norris et al
Publication: British Journal of Community Nursing
Date: April 1st, 2015

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Management of slough in diabetic foot wounds

Slough needs to be removed to prepare the wound for healing. The composition and causes of slough are discussed and modes of removal.

Author: Steve Young
Publication: The Diabetic Foot Journal Vol 17 No 1 2014
Date: March 1st, 2015

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Accurate Pressure Ulcer Assessment

A quick reference guide to categorizing pressure ulcers

Author: Wounds UK
Publication: Wounds UK
Date: February 1st, 2015

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A closer look at NICE and its goal of excellence to aid practice

‘NICE in a nutshell’-It begins with the history of how NICE began and outlines the role, rigour and transparency of NICE as an organisation

Author: General Practice Nursing
Publication: GPN
Date: January 1st, 2015

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STELLA’S STORY: THE SUCCESSFUL USE OF A MONOFILAMENT DEBRIDEMENT PAD IN A PATIENT WITH COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME

In Stella's words we hear how she used Debrisoft on her own wounds and her journey to healing.

Author: Sarah Collins,Claire Clayton,Elaine Bethell
Publication: Harrogate Poster
Date: November 1st, 2014

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ALL WALES GUIDANCE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF HYPERKERATOSIS OF THE LOWER LIMB

Hyperkeratosis distresses patients and can make adjunct therapies less succesful. A useful flow chart guides clinicians how to treat it.

Author: Trudie Young
Publication: Harrogate Poster
Date: November 1st, 2014

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THE IMPACT OF A MONOFILAMENT DEBRIDEMENT PAD IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ACTINIC KERATOSIS

Bob was very distressed by ineffective treatment for his actinic keratosis, which was sore and looked and smelt unpleasant. Debrisoft removed 90% of the scales on first use. Bob can self manage and NHS costs greatly reduced.

Author: Anita Heron, Georgina Maginn
Publication: Harrogate Poster
Date: November 1st, 2014

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A STEP-DOWN APPROACH TO LEG ULCER MANAGEMENT: FACILITATING BEST PRACTICE, COST IMPROVEMENTS AND QUALITY OF LIFE

Bandages may not be what the patient prefers, using bandages until the limb and wound are suitable for a hosiery kit suited this tennis playing patient.

Author: Jenny Williamson,Lol Pidcock,
Publication: Harrogate Poster
Date: November 1st, 2014

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Challenge your practice:venous leg ulcers

Leading clinicians explaining how challenging ritualistic practice and keeping up to date with evidence based practice benefits patients and clinicians.

Author: Trudie Young, Simon Barrett, Joy Tickle, Jackie Stephen-Haynes, Rosie Callaghan
Publication: JCN
Date: November 1st, 2014

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Determination of the reduction of biofilm in vitro during wound cleansing using a monofilament debrider, a cleansing system with poloxamer, and conventional cotton gauze

In vitro tests on bio films found Debrisoft more effective than gauze and UCS

Author: C. Wiegand, K. Reddersen, M. Abel, J. Muldoon, P. Ruth, U.C. Hipler
Publication: Harrogate Poster
Date: November 1st, 2014

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Principles of Debridement:The Diabetic Foot

The booklet provides a framework outlining the competencies and skills for debridement in the lower limb, as well as other anatomical areas, to provide guidance for all podiatrists to practice with confidence.

Author: College of Podiatry, FDUK
Publication: College of Podiatry, FDUK
Date: October 1st, 2014

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Quick Guide: The Role of Debrisoft in Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Answers how Debrisoft can help manage diabetic foot ulcers and a useful decision making pathway

Author: Wounds UK and The Diabetic Foot Journal
Publication: Wounds UK and The Diabetic Foot Journal
Date: October 1st, 2014

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Quick Guide - Debrisoft in Practice

This handy guide clearly shows you how and when to use Debrisoft, plus handy tips and hints on getting the best results. Debrisoft is supported by NICE and helps you assess and debride hyperkeratosis, acute and chronic wounds.

Author: Wounds UK
Publication: Wounds UK
Date: June 1st, 2014

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Understanding methods of wound debridement

Guidance on debridement methods including Debrisoft, monofilament debridement pad

Author: Leanne Atkin
Publication: British Journal of Nursing
Date: May 1st, 2014

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The Debrisoft monafilament debridement pad for use in acute or chronic wounds

New NICE Guidance recommends the use of Debrisoft as part of the management of acute or chronic wounds in community settings. According to NICE, hundreds of thousands of patients with wounds requiring debridement could benefit from Debrisoft. Using Debrisoft on these patients could save the NHS in the region of £15 million annually.

Author: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Publication: Medical technology guidance
Date: March 1st, 2014

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Getting debridement right in a challenging specialist patient group

Mental health patients with wounds can be difficult to manage. Debrisoft was used in these 2 case studies.

Author: Anita Kilroy-Findley,
Publication: Poster Harrogate 2013
Date: November 1st, 2013

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Safe debridement at home - a case study

Leg ulcer patient suffering with copious exudate, excoriation, pain, gross oedema and lymphorrhoea. Debrisoft used effectively as a debridement method at home.

Author: Liliana Girip
Publication: Poster Harrogate 2013
Date: November 1st, 2013

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The value of collaborative working with industry in a community setting

Mr C is deeply ashamed and isolated because of malodorous hyperkeratosis associated with 13 years of chronic oedeama. Working with industry on a new treatment regime transformed his life.

Author: Teresa Greaves
Publication: Poster Harrogate 2013
Date: November 1st, 2013

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The management of a patient with bilateral lymphoedema and papillomatosis

This case study demonstrates that a partnership with industry to deliver education, training and support can be beneficial to patient care without jeopardising integrity or independence as an NHS organisation

Author: Carole Harding
Publication: Poster Harrogate 2013
Date: November 1st, 2013

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The changing NHS and the role of new treatments: Using a monofilament fibre pad to aid accurate categorisation of pressure ulcers

Significant NHS reforms mean tissue viability services need to implement new treatments and ways of working in order to deliver significant cost savings. The changing NHS is discussed, followed by an example of how Debrisoft can aid in the clinician in accurately assessing pressure ulcers.

Author: Caroline Dowsett et al.
Publication: Wounds UK October 2013
Date: October 1st, 2013

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Best Practice Statement: The use of topical antimicrobial agents in wound management

The Best Practice Statement: The use of topical antiseptics/antimicrobial agents in wound care is now in its third edition. It seeks to integrate evidence-based wound management with expert opinion on practice.

Author: Expert working group
Publication: Wounds UK
Date: October 1st, 2013

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Use of a monofilament fibre debridement pad to treat chronic oedema-related hyperkeratosis

In chronic oedema, hyperkeratosis needs to be reduced and tissues softened in order to achieve reductions in limb volume. Debrisoft and Actico facilitate this.

Author: Lol Pidcock, Heather Jones
Publication: Wounds UK | Vol 9 | No 3 | 2013
Date: September 1st, 2013

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Your guide to wound debridement and assessment

Why debriding is necessary and the methods recommended for the generalist nurse.

Author: Michelle Greenwood, Lorraine Grothier
Publication: Supplement in BJCN, British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, NRC
Date: August 1st, 2013

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Debridement using a monofilament fibre pad to aid in the accurate categorisation of pressure ulcer

13 patients appeared to have a category 3 pressure ulcer. Debrisoft was used to assess the ulcers more clearly and 8 of the ulcers were actually re classed as category 2.

Author: Joanna Swan and Rommel Orig
Publication: Poster at EPUAP 2013
Date: August 1st, 2013

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Is the scalpel the only way to debride?

Debrisoft plays an important role in managing diabetic feet which can require regular maintenance debridement. Debrisoft is suitable for specialist and generalist use alike.

Author: Duncan Stang, Chief Podiatrist
Publication: The Diabetic Foot Journal 2013
Date: June 1st, 2013

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Wounds UK Debridement Quick Guide

A quick guide to assist in selecting appropriate debridement method. Based on European and UK consensus documents.

Author: Wounds UK
Publication: Wounds UK June 2013
Date: June 1st, 2013

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Providing a holistic approach to skin care

Poster talks about the management of hyperkeratosis in lymphoedema using Debrisoft. • Pain free, safe and effective alternative treatment with minimal risk and trauma performed by a healthcare assistant.

Author: Lynne Whiteside and Tana McIntyre
Publication: BLS Conference Birmingham 2013
Date: May 1st, 2013

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First evaluation of a clinical pathway using wound debridement, antimicrobial hydrobalance dressing and collagen dressing on 57 patients with chronic wounds

The use of Debrisoft to debride wounds followed by the application of SuprasorbC or SuprasorbX+PHMB showed encouraging results.

Author: Wolber et al.
Publication: Poster Presentation EWMA 2013
Date: May 1st, 2013

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The use of debridement pads in the management of children with severe Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)

This poster describes the use of Debrisoft generally with EB children demonstrating how effective it is at cleaning wounds and the surrounding skin and how acceptable it is to young children and their parents

Author: J Denyer, EB Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Publication: EWMA 2013
Date: May 1st, 2013

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The Development of the All Wales Best Practise Statement on the Management of Hyperkeratosis of the Lower Limb

A survey in Wales has resulted in a Best Practice Document to provide standardised treatment of hyperkeratosis and its prevention.

Author: Crook and Mahoney
Publication: EWMA poster 2013
Date: May 1st, 2013

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JWC EWMA Debridement Document

The document provides an overview of the various debridement methods, why and when to debride, clinical evidence and health economics.

Author: European Wound Management Association (EWMA)
Publication: Journal of Woundcare EWMA document 2013
Date: April 1st, 2013

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Effective debridement in a changing NHS A UK Consensus

Guide to provide pracitcal information on debridement to achieve optimum wound healing in acute and primary care.

Author: Expert working group
Publication: Wounds UK March 2013
Date: March 1st, 2013

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Debridement Consensus:Recommendations for Practice

The generalist nurse needs to debride wounds effectively, failure to do so could be seen as an ommision of care. This article considers the barriers which need to be overcome to provide best patient care.

Author: Brigitte Price, Trudie Young
Publication: Wound Essentials 2013
Date: February 1st, 2013

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A multi-centre observational study examining the effects of a mechanical debridement system

20 patient case study with wounds needing debridement. Debrisoft was fast,effective and caused minimal pain.

Author: Susan Johnson et al.
Publication: Journal of Community Nursing December 2012
Date: December 1st, 2012

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An evaluation of the role of an active debridement system within a First Dressing Initiative

Evaluating whether Debrisoft should be routinely carried by nurses in the community. Case study felt Debrisoft enables better and faster wound assessment on first patient visit.

Author: Menna Lloyd Jones
Publication: Poster Harrogate 2012
Date: November 1st, 2012

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Harrogate 2012 (DS)

11 patients presented in A&E with gravel rash. Debrisoft appears to have removed all the grit and no patient had to return for follow up removal.

Author: David Sewell
Publication: Poster presentation Harrogate 2012
Date: November 1st, 2012

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Achieving vascular outcomes by smart debridement

Comparing Debrisoft with Larvae for debridement. Huge cost savings could be achieved by using Debrisoft.

Author: Kerry Hawkins
Publication: Poster Harrogate 2012
Date: November 1st, 2012

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In vitro evaluation of the debridement performance of a new debrider

Study showed Debrisoft's performance is significantly higher than using gauze.

Author: Department of Dermatology,Jena, Germany
Publication: Poster Harrogate 2012
Date: November 1st, 2012

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A study to review the practice of wound cleansing, debridement and removal of foreign bodies from acute wounds in an accident and emergency department

8 patients were offered and chose Debrisoft to debride their wounds. In A&E accurate wound assessment informs correct clinical decisions.

Author: Sian Fumarola
Publication: Poster Harrogate 2012
Date: November 1st, 2012

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Fireworks with after effects - successful use of a polyester monofilament fibre product for the removal of embedded explosive residue

A firework exploded in a 17 year old boys face, embedding a "dirt tattoo" in his face. Debrisoft removed most of the particles quickly with great cosmetic results.

Author: Stoffels et al.
Publication: Poster Harrogate 2012
Date: November 1st, 2012

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The effect of a new debridement technique on the patient wellbeing

• Case study demonstrates Debrisoft being used in an extensive circumferential loss of

Author: Fumarola S
Publication: Wounds UK 8(4) 84-89
Date: October 1st, 2012

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Changing the face of debridement in pressure ulcers

12 patient study, Debrisoft removed devitalised tissue to enable accurate categorisation of pressure ulcers and reduction of visits.

Author: Rosie Callaghan and Jackie Stephen-Haynes
Publication: EPUAP poster September 2012
Date: September 1st, 2012

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Self-management in combating chronic skin disorders

Ensuring individuals have access to appropriate treatment programmes is paramount in preventing condition from worsening and problems from re-occurring. Using aids such as Debrisoft to gain successful results and thus prevent further complications should be considered as part of the skin hygiene regimen of all patients.

Author: Justine Whitaker
Publication: Journal of Lymphoedema, 2012, Vol 7, No 1
Date: September 1st, 2012

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The Management of Pressure Ulcers

The articles highlight the discrepancies in practice and the complexity of reaching consensus about pressure ulcers, as well as taking this forward into day-to-day practice.

Author: Jackie Stephen-Haynes,Rosie Callaghan,Fiona Downie,Heidi Guy, Jacqui Fletcher
Publication: Wounds UK September 2012
Date: September 1st, 2012

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The Missing Link - the key to improved wound assessment

Clinicians discuss using Debrisoft to improve wound assessement, quality of life and cost effectiveness.

Author: British Journal of Nursing
Publication: British Journal of Nursing supplement
Date: September 1st, 2012

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Wound cleansing: is it necessary, or just a ritual?

The article aims to consider if wound cleansing is useful and how and why to do it.

Author: Menna Lloyd Jones
Publication: Nursing and Residential Care, August 2012
Date: August 1st, 2012

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Wound Assessment Made Easy

A guide to recognising wound types and importance of a full holisitic assessment to provide optimum wound care

Author: Wounds UK, June 2012
Publication: Wounds UK, June 2012
Date: June 1st, 2012

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Safe debridement in the community setting

It is widely accepted debridement assists wound healing but which methods are most appropriate in the community?

Author: Trudie Young
Publication: Wounds Essentials 2012
Date: June 1st, 2012

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A novel treatment method for the removal of biofilm material

Mechanical disruption of a biofilm was achieved using Debrisoft

Author: Samantha Westgate
Publication: Poster EWMA 2012
Date: May 1st, 2012

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Wound Cleansing Quick Fact Card

What is wound cleansing,why do it and which methods suit which wound?

Author: Activa publication
Publication: Activa publication
Date: May 1st, 2012

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A cohort study on the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer patients using a monofilament debrider and a collagen dressing

25 diabetic patients treated with Debrisoft to debride and SuprasorbC to kick start the healing process.

Author: Rieke,nurse practitioner diabetic foot
Publication: Poster EWMA 2012
Date: May 1st, 2012

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The role of an active debridement system in assisting the experienced clinician to undertake an assessment and determine appropriate wound management objectives

Debrisoft enabled removal of devitalised tissue and improved wound assessment

Author: Jackie Stephen-Haynes, Rosie Callaghan
Publication: Poster EWMA 2012
Date: May 1st, 2012

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Debrisoft Patient Leaflet

Debrisoft explained

Author: Activa
Publication: Activa Publication
Date: March 1st, 2012

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A new solution to an old problem – an innovative active debridement system

Debrisoft painlessly removed slough and hyperkeratosis for Mrs H

Author: Ria Flinton
Publication: Harrogate Wounds UK 2011
Date: November 1st, 2011

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Debridement Made Easy

Discussion of methods of debridement and their pros and cons

Author: Vowden K, Vowden P
Publication: Wounds UK Volume 7 Issue 4 November 2011
Date: November 1st, 2011

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A 10 Patient evaluation of a new active debridement system

Debrisoft is quick and easy to use and virtually pain free for these patients

Author: Susan Johnson,
Publication: Harrogate Wounds UK 2011
Date: November 1st, 2011

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Using Debrisoft for Wound Debridement

Brief overview of methods of debridement and advantages of Debrisoft

Author: Maureen Benbow , Senior Lecturer, University of Chester
Publication: Journal of Community Nursing, Vol.25(5), Sept/Oct 2011
Date: September 1st, 2011

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Debrisoft:Revolutionising Debridement

Booklet with introduction from Kathryn and Peter Vowden. Case studies from a range of healthcare professionals including podiatrists.

Author: Activa supplement in BJN and BJCN
Publication: Journal Autumn 2011
Date: September 1st, 2011

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Some simple solutions to wound debridement

The article reviews debridement methods appropriate for Nursing Homes

Author: Sylvie Hampton
Publication: Nursing and Residential Care August 2011
Date: August 1st, 2011

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Assessing the clinical performance of a new selective mechanical wound debridement product

18 patients trial who are selected to try Debrisoft, wound debridement pad

Author: David Gray, Pam Cooper,Fiona Russell,Sandra Stringfellow
Publication: Wounds UK Journal July 2011
Date: July 1st, 2011

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Clinical efficacy of a new monofilament fibre-containing wound debridement product

Debrisoft evaluation of 60 patients with acute and chronic wounds needing debridement

Author: Bahr S, Mustafi N et al
Publication: Journal of Wound Care, Vol.20(5) May 2011
Date: May 1st, 2011

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Evaluation of a new debridement method for sloughy wounds and hyperkeratotic skin for a non-specialist setting

An evaluation of Debrisoft compared to standard best practice in 10 patients.

Author: Agnes Collarte, Loty Lara, Tissue Viability Deputy Team Leaders & Andreia Alberto, Tissue Viability Nurse
Publication: Poster Presentation at EWMA Conference, Brussels - May 2011
Date: May 1st, 2011

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The wound debrider: a new monofilament fibre technology

A prospective, blindly assessed pilot study using Debrisoft on 9 patients displaying biofilms, slough, necrotic tissue and hyperkeratosis

Author: Gilbert Haemmerle, Heinz Duelli, Martin Abel, Robert Strohal
Publication: British Journal of Nursing
Date: March 1st, 2011

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Consensus guidance for the use of debridement techniques in the UK

Looking at range of debridement techniques available in the UK and the skills required for each, who should use which method and when to refer.

Author: David Gray et al.
Publication: Wounds UK 2010 vol.6 no 4
Date: December 1st, 2010

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Debrisoft is recommended for use by NICE

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