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Leg ulcers

Leg ulcers can be incredibly difficult to treat and can be extremely painful. It is also common to find slough and debris, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. Removal of slough by a combination of debridement and cleansing; also known as wound bed preparation, will leave a clean healthy wound bed that can then progress toward healing. After washing the leg in water Debrisoft will enable you to debride and cleanse the wound, leaving the wound bed clear and reducing the potential for build up of slough and debris.

Case studies



Debrisoft® and Debrisoft® Lolly

An innovative new method of debridement to promote wound healing and cleanse wounds.

Wound debridement

Essential component of wound bed preparation.

Leg ulcers

Causes and symptoms of leg ulcers, their treatment and management.

Clinical evidence

The leg ulceration pathway: impact of implementation

The implementation of a pathway for the treatment of leg ulceration which aids diagnosis and uses compression hosiery kits as a first line has been shown in audits to improve the patient experience, release nursing time and ensure effectiveness of care.

Author: Dr Leanne Atkin
Publication: Wounds UK, Vol 13, No 4, 2017
Date: November 27th, 2017


TIMES Model of Wound Bed prepartion - Quick Guide

The Best Practice Statement panel revised the TIME framework, a structured, holistic approach to wound bed assessment and preparation, and updated it to TIMES. The 'S' stands for 'surrounding skin' as the panel wanted to highlight the importance of also assessing and managing the surrounding skin.

Author: Wounds UK
Publication: Wounds UK
Date: March 20th, 2017


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Debrisoft Patient Leaflet

Debrisoft explained

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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