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Jane Preece, BSc, RN, is tissue viability nurse specialist, King’s College Hospital NHS Trust, London
Until recently there has been a lack of courses demonstrating how to undertake sharp debridement. The clinical governance framework has highlighted that nurses frequently perform the procedure without having received formal education and training (Fairbairn et al, 2002). Clinical governance, which includes risk management, clinical audit and evidence-based practice, aims to help all clinicians to improve quality and safeguard standards of care. The framework seeks to ensure that health professionals have the right training, skills and competencies to deliver the care needed by patients.