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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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June, 2003 | Volume 49 - Issue 6

Guest Editorial: Staying Power

   As a registered nurse case manager with a hospital-affiliated wound management program in central Pennsylvania, my responsibilities include care coordination as well as clinical care. I chose nursing because of its diversity and many opportunities. I love wound care primarily because of the patients and also because I enjoy the challenge of discovering why an individual has a wound and providing the appropriate care. Wound care creates a continuous learning environment....

The New Sculptors of Clinical Practice

   Spring is a prime season for medical symposia. National and international multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and associated industry types gather to learn about the latest developments in wound, ostomy, and continence care in a rapidly changing and evolving healthcare environment. Even as sophisticated technological and therapeutic advances are apparent in journals and exhibit halls, changes are taking place that will have as great an impact on clinical practice as the bounding advances in research and technology....

Addressing the Pain: Learning to Be "Present" in the Pain Experience

   Now is the only time over which we have dominion.  - Leo Tolstoy
   Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal.  - A Course in Miracles
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My Scope of Practice: Preparing Those Next at Bat

   For 6 years in the early 1990s, Canada had no enterostomal therapy training program. Former programs in Sherbrooke, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver (two taught in French, two in English - one of each language hospital-based and university-based) had been closed by administration. Not wanting to see ETs - a rare species - become extinct, Diane St-Cyr, BSc, MEd, RN, ET, along with colleague Nicole Denis, approached the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) with an idea for a distance learning program - underscoring her belief that teaching and sharing are vital to preparing a new generation of practitioners that is well educated and prepared for the evolving challenges of the profession....

The Ostomy Files: Ostomy Statistics: The $64,000 Question

   This we know: The Queen "Mum" had one - as did Senator Hubert Humphrey, Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, and actress Loretta Young....

Intact Skin - An Integrity Not to be Lost

   The skin is the body's largest organ and performs many important functions, including protection against infectious pathogens, ultraviolet light, noxious substances, and fluid/electrolyte loss; thermoregulation; sensation; metabolism (eg, vitamin D); and communication.1,2...

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Skin Assessment and Pressure Ulcer Care in Hospital-Based Skilled Nursing Facilities

   Pressure ulcer prevalence varies by setting, but recent data suggest it may as high as 17% in acute care, 28% in long-term care, and 29% in home care settings.1 Regardless of the type of patient care environment, pressure ulcers are a significant healthcare problem because they increase the amount of nursing care required, the resident's length of stay, and healthcare costs.2...

Using a Castor Oil-Balsam of Peru-Trypsin Ointment to Assist in Healing Skin Graft Donor Sites

   Skin graft donor sites frequently are more painful after surgery than the areas receiving the skin grafts. Bleeding may occur from the donor sites, and dressing changes may cause even more pain. Donor sites may heal slowly and become infected or malodorous.1...

New Products and Industry News

Skin care product line expanded

   Span-America (Greenville, SC) announced a new addition to its Selan® family of skin care products. New Selan+ Herbal is a zinc oxide barrier cream enhanced with tea tree oil, a safe natural plant extract that is native to Australia. Tea tree oil has been used effectively for decades. Its use in a barrier cream makes the product an ideal option for holistic approaches and treatments for diaper rash and other rashes due to moisture, Stage I pressure ulcers, amputee tissue trauma, and the itch associated with end stage renal disease. The cream is petrolatum-free and will not clog diaper pores or interfere with diaper absorption and is available in 4-oz tubes....

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