If a wound contains dead (necrotic) tissue, it’s a sign that the wound is not healing normally. Necrotic tissue is often black or yellow and may be soft, or form a scab (eschar). Necrotic tissue can contain bacteria – and if the bacteria grow, the wound will become infected .
Removal of necrotic tissue (debridement)
Necrotic tissue must be removed to get wound healing back on track. Removal can be surgical, mechanical, enzymatic (such as maggot therapy, or take advantage of the body’s own ability to break down necrotic tissue (autolytic debridement).
Coloplast has a range of dressings that support moist wound healing. For optimal moisture balance in the wound, the hydrocolloid Comfeel dressing and the unique properties of the Biatain foam dressing both support the natural autolytic debridement process.
Coloplast’s Purilon gel is ideal for gentle and effective autolytic debridement of tissue in both dry and moist necrotic wounds, when used in combination with a secondary dressing.
Learn more about the documented effect of Coloplast’s wound care products.