Curettes used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons are useful for debriding wounds because they allow for highly selective tissue removal, rapidly convert the wound from chronic to acute and facilitate clinical assessment of perfusion, wound care specialists Kazu Suzuki, David G. Armstrong and Desmond Bell say. Topical antimicrobials such as medical-grade honey and cadexomer iodine also have some debriding properties, Suzuki said, and all three would use maggots in certain instances.

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