Wound care management is a core skill in veterinary medicine. Wound severity can range from surface dermatological issues to severe traumas exposing the bone. The basic biology of the wound healing cascade is the same regardless of the wound severity. This means there are some common approaches to speeding or restarting wound healing after injury, surgery, or disease, and returning the animal to full health as quickly as possible. Rapid healing means lower stress on the animal, reduced risk of infection, and lower stress and cost to the owner.

Nitric oxide is known to be a critical part of the normal wound healing cascade. Several approaches have been investigated over the years for easy, safe, and efficient delivery of nitric oxide to wounds without great success. Significant progress has been made recently and will be reviewed, including clinical results.

Learning objectives of the session:
• Understand the role of nitric oxide in wound healing
• Recognize when to utilize topical nitric oxide
• Understand the role of debridement and wound bed preparation
• Understand how nitric oxide functions as an antimicrobial agent
• Identify proper overwrap materials and bandage securing techniques

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