Terms to Know: Wound Bed Preparation

DMCA.com Protection Status
Blog Category: 

by the WoundSource Editors

Bioburden: In wound care, this refers to the number of microorganisms that contaminate the wound bed.

Biofilm: This is made up of complex microbial communities containing bacteria and fungi. The microorganisms synthesize and secrete a protective matrix that attaches the biofilm firmly to a living or non-living surface.

Colonized: When wounds are not managed well, such as with ineffective wound bed preparation, the bacteria will begin to replicate. If there is an increase in the number of bacteria, depending on the virulence of those bacteria, this process can begin to overwhelm the host.

Contaminated: The presence of non-replicating bacteria. The host controls the environment, and healing is not impaired by these bacteria.

How much do you know about wound bed preparation? Take our 10-question quiz to find out! Click here.

Debridement: The removal of necrotic non-viable tissue from a wound to optimize the wound healing environment. It is accomplished by one of the following methods: sharp surgical debridement, conservative sharp debridement, mechanical debridement, enzymatic debridement, biological debridement, or autolytic debridement.

Desiccated: The wound bed has dried out, and this dehydrated state can cause rapid cell death and impediment of wound healing.

Epibole: A condition occurring when the wound edges roll or curl under and become closed or non-advancing and may be dry, calloused, or hyperkeratotic.

Microenvironment: In wound care, it is the interface between the wound bed and the dressing.

Senescent: Cells that are “asleep” or have lost the ability to divide when stressed.

Surfactant: A substance in wound cleansers that breaks the surface tension between wound debris and the wound bed.

TIME: An acronym used to describe the concept of wound bed preparation and management that assists clinicians with systematically assessing and managing wound care. It consists of tissue (debridement), infection or inflammation, moisture balance, and edge (promote closure).

July Practice Accelerator blog CTA

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.

Recommended for You

  • Maggot Debridement Therapy
    June 20th, 2019

    By Ronald A. Sherman, MD

    The year 2019 began with a shadow over the field of biosurgery and a dark cloud over American health care: BioMonde, currently the largest producer of medicinal maggots in the world, just closed its American laboratory. Most famous for its dressing...

  • Patient Education and Wound Cleansing
    February 27th, 2020

    By Margaret Heale, RN, MSc, CWOCN

    As patient-driven groupings model hits home care, patients or their caregivers will be expected to do more of the care. Subsequently, nursing staff are expected to provide more education, making "how to" information more crucial than ever.

  • June 4th, 2020

    By Ronald A. Sherman, MD

    Challenges are nothing new for those of us who work in health care. Every day, we triumph over difficult situations. Yet, the current coronavirus outbreak has complicated even the simplest of procedures and has brought us additional challenges.

Important Notice: The contents of the website such as text, graphics, images, and other materials contained on the website ("Content") are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The content is not intended to substitute manufacturer instructions. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product usage. Refer to the Legal Notice for express terms of use.