I am a student nurse and I was wondering if anyone could answer this question. I've changed dressings where I had to use the debridement procedure, and I was told to take out the gauze leaving it dry thus removing the top layer of the wound bed. I couldn't help but notice that the procedure was very unpleasant to the patient, as gentle as I was trying to be. I was wondering if it was possible to use normal saline before taking out the gauze, making it much more comfortable for the patient, or would that "kill the purpose" of the debridement technique? Some tissue was still removed by wetting the gauze, but maybe not as much as if the gauze stayed dry. I asked my teacher about it but she told me she wasn't sure either and should look into it. I still haven't found an answer in books and maybe a wound care specialist could answer this. Thank you very much.