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Last updated: 02/17/2009
Debridement is the process of removing dead (necrotic) tissue or foreign material from and around a wound to expose healthy tissue.
Debridement is a medical term referring to the removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue. Removal may be surgical, mechanical, chemical, autolytic (self-digestion), and by maggot therapy, where certain species of live maggots selectively eat only necrotic tissue.
In oral hygiene and dentistry, debridement refers to the removal of plaque and calculus that have accumulated on the teeth. Debridement in this case may be performed using ultrasonic instruments, which fracture the calculus, thereby facilitating its removal, as well as hand tools, including periodontal scaler and curettes, or through the use of chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide.
Debridement is an important part of the healing process for burns and other serious wounds.
Podiatrists held about 12,000 jobs in 2006. About 24 percent of podiatrists were self-employed.
From: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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