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Using Medical Silicone to Ensure an Airtight Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Dressing Seal in Challenging Wounds: A Case Series

Ostomy Wound Management. 2014;60(8):40–46.

Abstract

  Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has been used for a broad range of indications and wound types. However, it can be difficult to maintain an airtight dressing seal when the wound is located in an anatomically challenging area or environment. To address this problem, medical silicone, used to create intraoral vacuum dressings, was used in five patients (one woman, four men, age range 57 to 66 years) to seal leaking NPWT dressings (four polyurethane dressings and one polyurethane silver foam dressing)....

A Prospective, Observational Study of High-Specification Foam Immersion Surfaces Used in Populations at High Risk for Pressure Ulcers

Ostomy Wound Management. 2014;60(8):30–39.

Abstract

  There are insufficient clinical outcomes data to select pressure redistribution support surfaces for vulnerable populations at risk for skin breakdown. A prospective, descriptive case series study with historical controls was conducted to examine clinical outcomes and user feedback when nonpowered, ergonomically designed, high-specification foam (HSF) devices were added to either a medical grade portable recliner or standard hospital bed used in the care of persons at high risk for pressure ulcers (PU)....

A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled, Clinical Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of High-frequency Ultrasound in the Treatment of Stage II and Stage III Pressure Ulcers in Geriatric Patients

Ostomy Wound Management. 2014;60(8):16–28.

Abstract

  International guidelines recommend high-frequency ultrasound (HFUS; MHz) for treating infected pressure ulcers (PUs). A 2-year, prospective, randomized, controlled study was conducted to evaluate how HFUS affects PU healing among 42 geriatric patients treated in four nursing and care centers in Silesia, Poland....

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  Usually, the World Health Organization is in the news only when there is an outbreak of a communicable disease, particularly when the disease is spreading rapidly or threatens major metropolitan areas or countries where the disease does not, or rarely, occurs.

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Special consideration must be given to unique characteristics present in pediatrics patients, including fragile and sensitive skin, different comorbidities, and underlying physiological and anatomical skin differences.

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My Scope of Practice

Heather Leigh Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT, CLWT got hooked on wound care as the result of a 3-hour lecture at Chapman University presented as part of her physical therapy course. By the end of the presentation, Heather had decided to do her acute care rotation in a burn center, where her life and career path were forever changed.

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