Conclusion & References


Wound Bed Preparation (WBP) is a model to treat the “whole patient” and not just the “hole in the patient.” Treatment of the cause and addressing patient concerns are often best accomplished with an interprofessional approach. The ability of a wound to heal is based on adequate blood supply and treatment of the cause. Maintenance or nonhealable wounds require attention to patient centered care including pain control and optimizing activities of daily living.
Local wound care should include accurate documentation and consideration of the four main local components of topical treatment: debridement, infection/inflammation control, moisture management for all wounds. The edge effect is for healable wounds that are stalled and includes skin grafts and adjunctive therapies. The health care system needs to establish interprofessional wound care teams to optimize patient outcomes and deliver cost effective wound care.

Key Takeaways

  • Wound Bed Preparation paradigm is a holistic approach that examines the treatment of the cause and patient centered concerns to determine wound healability
  • This article states 10 statements from previous iterations and reports the survey of current nurse practitioners to achieve consensus on each of these principles
  • The desired consensus level for statement acceptance was 80% of key opinion leader respondents
  • WBP 2021 includes a set of enablers for translating knowledge into practice
  • By applying WBP 2021, patient outcomes may be improved at a lower cost to the healthcare system through knowledge translation in a clinical setting


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