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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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March, 2004 | Volume 50 - Issue 3

Guest Editorial: Tradition versus Translation

   New management tools are constantly coming onto the clinical scene for wound care, including dressings, specialty beds, treatment modalities, and assessment instruments. The researcher's job is to decide if they are as good as the manufacturer or developer claims. Unbiased research is critical for proper use of the product or treatment....

Letters to the Editor: Balancing the Scales while "Making a Difference"

Dear Editor,

   Regarding "Small Details Make A Difference: Tail Closures" (Ostomy/Wound Management. 2004;50[1]:12), the article criticized Velcro® because it catches on clothing, tends to become soiled, and is difficult to clean. In our worldwide experience with EasiClose (Coloplast Corporation, Marietta, Ga.), this has not been the case. Since 2000 when our company launched the original clampless pouch, thousands of users have reported extremely positive experiences. Moreover, we have clinical data showing more than 80% of users preferred our product's type of outlet to traditional drainable pouch closures.* If Velcro were as problematic as the author suggests, this would not be the case....

Addressing the Pain: Finding an End to the Pain – One Patient's Experience

   Until 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....

Gaining Clarity on Medicare Changes

   Getting 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....

My Scope of Practice: Building Bridges Among Disciplines

   Bonnie 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....

The Ostomy Files: Exercise and Ostomy

   Ostomy 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....

New Products and Industry News

Once-a-day moisturizer combats xerosis effects

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 treat pressure ulcers and perineal dermatitis, but limited data exist concerning their safety and effectiveness.3-6...

Preventing Hospital-acquired Pressure Ulcers: A Point Prevalence Study

   Pressure 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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