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TIMES model of wound bed preparation

Wound bed preparation is a systematic approach to wound management which aims to address the main barriers to wound healing. Many chronic wounds will have significant levels of sloughy tissue present, have moderate to high levels of exudate, excessive bioburden and are often slow to heal.

In order to address the local barriers to wound healing, a group of specialists developed the TIME acronym as a quick and effective way to assess wounds and to promote the principles of wound bed preparation to stimulate wound healing.

During a recent expert panel meeting the TIME acronym was adapted to TIMES, with the S added for assessment and management of the surrounding skin. The acronym is a useful ‘aide-memoire’ for clinicians and simplifies the assessment process.
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