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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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March, 2010 | Volume 56 - Issue 3

Active Leptospermum Honey and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for Nonhealing Postsurgical Wounds

     The use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT, V.A.C. Therapy®, KCI, San Antonio, TX) has grown rapidly over recent years. The modality creates a healing-friendly environment by promoting the growth of granulation tissue and removing exudate and infectious material. While the evidence base supporting this treatment grows, certain issues specific to NPWT require attention. According to the manufacturer’s specifications and in order to maximize the benefits of NPWT, all devitalized tissue (including eschar and hardened slough) should be removed as thoroughly as possible...

Nutrition 411: Using Laboratory Data to Evaluate Nutritional Status

     Optimizing a patient’s nutritional status is an integral part of modern medical care, particularly if the patient has a chronic wound. In order to determine the most appropriate medical nutrition therapy, a nutritional assessment is conducted to determine if the patient has any nutritional deficiencies or malnutrition. Typically, this determination is made, in part, by evaluating the patient’s biochemical or laboratory data. Healthcare professionals and registered dietitians (RDs) often rely on serum proteins such as albumin and prealbumin to identify a protein deficien...

Continence Coach: Chronic Constipation Relief for Older Patients

     Chronic constipation is quite common across the American population and responsible for 2.5 million physician office visits annually.1 Older people generally are more concerned with their bowel health than younger folks; they may be preoccupied by the myth of needing a daily bowel movement. The fact is that older individuals are more likely to routinely experience problems with constipation — researchers have found that 33% of the elderly suffer from chronic constipation.2 Women are two to three times more likely to experience constipation than men.<...

My Scope of Practice: An Enlightened Style of Nursing

Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be – Henry David Thoreau      Deborah Warner, ARNP, MS, CWCN, received her Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in Nursing in 1983 and 1991, respectively, from the College of Nursing, University of South Florida. In between, she completed the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN, Enterostomal Therapy) program at Arlington Heights Hospital (Arlington Heights, IL). Since she began working in wound care in 1989, Deborah’s scope of practice has expanded significantly — an independent nursing consultant s...

AAWC Update March 2010

Patient/Caregiver Resource Center Soon to Launch

     The AAWC is developing a Patient/Caregiver Resource Center — a dedicated portion of the AAWC website that endeavors to bring patients and their caregivers together to share their stories, experiences, and ideas, as well as to provide basic education. Alert your patients to this new service and encourage them to become AAWC members! Although participation in the resource center will be open to the public, AAWC patient/caregiver members receive valuable benefits all year — access to journals, newsletters, alerts...

The 23rd Annual Spring Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and the Wound Healing Society Meeting

April 17–20, 2010 Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center Orlando, Florida      The Exhibit Hall at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) is testament to the conference’s status as the premier wound care educational event. One of few meetings in the healthcare arena to offer dedicated exhibit hours, the SAWC encourages attendees to maximize vendor time to expand product familiarity as well as to explore the science behind innovative approaches to wound healing and prevention. Mingle with colleagues at the mini lectures. Dab on a dollop of dressing. Try ou...

Travis E. Baugh, President and Chief Operating Officer - Healthpoint, Ltd.

     Travis E. Baugh, President and Chief Operating Officer of Healthpoint, Ltd. offers an up close and personal look inside the company’s vital role in the wound care industry and his day-to-day roles and responsibilities in overseeing the business as its corporate commander-in-chief. CH: Please describe your work experiences that prepared you for your current position as President and Chief Operating Officer of Healthpoint:      TB: I have been a member of Healthpoint’s parent company Board of Directors (DFB Pharmaceuticals) since 2004. Having...

New Products and Industry News March

Fecal management system improved      ConvaTec (Skillman, NJ) launched Flexi-Seal® SIGNAL™ Fecal Management System (FMS). Now available in the US, UK, and other key European markets, the system has been enhanced with new features, including a signal indicator that pops to help clinicians determine when the device’s retention balloon is filled to an appropriate volume, a new charcoal-filtered collection bag to contain and lock in odor, and a new strap to secure onto an open bed frame to minimize the risk of contamination from spillage. Other new convenience and ea...

Human Stem Cells Show Reversal of Aging

   Teams of North American collaborators from both industrial research centers (Biotime Inc, Mandala Biosciences LLC and Sierra Sciences LLC) and academic institutes (Ontario Cancer Institute, Burnham Institute for Medical Research and The Scripps Research Institute) have demonstrated successful reversal of the developmental aging of normal human cells. Their findings appear as an ahead-of-print research article entitled 'Spontaneous Reversal of Developmental Aging in Normal Human Cells Following Transcriptional Reprogramming' published Regenerative Medicine.   &nbs...

A Retrospective Data Analysis of Antimicrobial Dressing Usage in 3,084 Patients

Abstract: Knowledge about practice patterns and optimal usage criteria for topical antimicrobial dressings is limited. A retrospective data analysis was conducted to evaluate: 1) the length of time these dressings are applied in a typical episode of wound care, 2) the number of episodes of antimicrobial dressing use, and 3) whether antimicrobial dressings are applied in consideration of signs and symptoms of infection. Wound care registry data from a level-4 electronic medical record were analyzed, providing information on 3,084 patients older than 17 years seen from July 2003 through D...

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