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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | August 2015

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Managing wound slough in the community patient

Managing wound slough in the community patient

Article topics: Managing wound slough, slough, wound slough

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Slough is defined as devitalised tissue made up mainly of fibrin, white blood cells and debris that collects in the wound bed (Brown, 2013). It can indicate the presence of infection, ischaemia or a dehydrated wound bed (Atkin, 2014).