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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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March, 2004 | Volume 50 - Issue 3

Finding an End to the Pain - One Patient's Experience

U ntil recently, my life was filled with endless pain and suffering. A chronic vascular insufficiency has kept me on a long, difficult path paved with the grisly and somewhat gruesome consequences of recurring stasis ulcers. Although my 30-year struggle has a somewhat happy ending, the healthcare industry needs to be more aware of patients like me and do a better job of providing the clinical and financial support necessary for our care.

My story begins when I was 16 years old. I had a severe reaction to prescription sulfa medicine that resulted in a 30-day hospital stay. After vigorous ...

Gaining Clarity on Medicare Changes

G etting one's brain wrapped around the enormous changes to the Medicare program contained in the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act is no simple task. The gargantuan bill enacts some of the most sweeping changes Medicare has ever seen - above and beyond those in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA 97). The majority of provisions are aimed at cutting costs, improving quality, standardization, and establishing competition as a mechanism for driving down escalating healthcare costs.

Fortunately, most of the provisions do not take effect for a few years, giving ...

Building Bridges among Disciplines

B onnie Sparks-DeFriese, PT, RN, CWS, CWOCN, was attracted to wound care during her first clinical observation in 1982. She started reading and attending as many wound care educational programs as possible, eventually shaping her physical therapy practice to specialize in chronic wounds. Although her practice settings varied (acute, outpatient, home health, long-term, and rehabilitational care), one fact remained true: gaps in wound management existed among disciplines. Nurses and therapists often did not understand nor appreciate each other's roles. To bridge those gaps in her own arenas, she...

Exercise and Ostomy

O stomy patients are often told not to lift "anything heavier than a plate" during the first few postoperative weeks - not only to protect the abdominal and/or perineal incisions, but also to reduce the potential for developing a peristomal hernia. These patients frequently continue to embrace the idea that they are restricted from many forms of exercise, especially those that stress the abdominal muscles.
Exercise, however, plays an enormous role in health, especially in light of the high rate of obesity in our country and our rapidly aging population. Exercise is just as important to a...

SAWC Exhibitors Preview

E ach year the Exhibitors Preview highlights some of the companies, products, and services that will be presented during the upcoming Symposium on Advanced Wound Care + Medical Research Forum on Wound Repair. Each exhibit represents a valuable resource for learning and provides an enjoyable way to meet the professionals who bring these products and services to you. Be sure to take this opportunity to see what they have in store for you at the Coronado Springs Resort this May.

Bertek (Dow Hickam) Pharmaceuticals - Booths 100 and 102


Bertek Pharmaceuticals, previo...

March 2004 New Products

Once-a-day moisturizer combats xerosis effects

Coloplast Corp. (Atlanta, Ga.) has introduced Sween 24, a routine, long-lasting, once-a-day moisturizer for dry, flaky skin associated with xerosis. The non-greasy formulation spreads easily, absorbs quickly, and is clinically proven to moisturize the skin for 24-hours.

Because the product requires only one application per day to continuously moisturize patients" skin, nursing time is minimized while protocol compliance is maximized. Non-irritating and non-sensitizing, the product is formulated with no lanolin, no alcohol, ...

March 2004 Industry News

New manufacturer/distributor named for foot ulcer products

DM Systems, Inc.( Evanston, Ill.), manufacturer of the Heelift® Suspension Boot and other wound care, rehab, and orthopedic products, announced that Darco (Europe) GmbH will be a licensed manufacturer and distributor of Heelift® Original and Heelift® Smooth Suspension Boots and Elbowlift® Suspension Pad for the European market. Heelift products treat and prevent heel pressure ulcers by lifting the heel with an elevation pad and suspending the heel in protective space, transferring pressure from the heel to the low...

The Effect of Different Formulations of Equivalent Active Ingredients on the Performance of Two Topical Wound Treatment Products

A pressure ulcer is a localized area of tissue necrosis that occurs when soft tissue is compressed between a bony prominence and an external surface. This condition occurs most commonly in frail, elderly patients, but may occur in persons of any age with specific predisposing conditions, causing immobility and altered cutaneous sensation. Risk factors for pressure ulcers include compromised local circulation, inadequate nutrition, immobility, neurological deficits that reduce sensory awareness, and urinary or fecal incontinence.2,3 Many products have been developed to tr...

Preventing Hospital-acquired Pressure Ulcers: A Point Prevalence Study

P ressure ulcers are all-too-often an outcome of acute and chronic illness. They occur across the continuum of care and their prevalence among patients in acute care ranges from 3.5% to 29.5%.1,2

Determining prevalence can be useful for benchmarking over time. Serial prevalence audits can serve as a pressure ulcer outcomes-management tool, reflecting the way changes in practice affect pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. One way to impact the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers is through allocation of resources, specifically implementation of support surfaces.
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Vacuum-Assisted Closure Used for Healing Chronic Wounds and Skin Grafts in the Lower Extremities

A mong the current adjunctive treatment modalities available for the treatment of chronic wounds, vacuum -assisted closure (VAC, V.A.C.®, KCI, San Antonio, Tex.) therapy has shown promising results.1,2 Vacuum-assisted closure is most frequently recommended for use with chronic wounds, acute and traumatic wounds, flaps, grafts, and other non-sutured wounds such as dehisced incisions.3-5 In the authors' facility, VAC therapy is used mainly for clean, chronic wounds. Before initiating treatment, underlying problems that contribute to poor healing are treated or corrected as...

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