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36 WOUND PREPARATION
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Wound preparation is a vital step in emergency department wound care for restoring the integrity and function of the injured tissue while minimizing the risk of infection and maximizing the cosmetic result. While the vast majority of wounds treated in emergency departments heal with a good outcome, careful preparation is particularly important when underlying medical conditions or wound factors may alter wound healing and increase the chance of infection ( Iable 36:l). Many traditional methods of wound preparation have surprisingly little scientific validation. 12 Ihis chapter reviews the basic principles of wound preparation, using available experimental models and prospective clinical studies, where available, to justify these techniques.
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