Guest Editorial

Guest Editorial: Emerging Data on the State of Obesity

The state of obesity continues to garner attention regionally, nationally, and globally....

Guest Editorial: The Condition No One is Talking About

Did you know 1 in 3 adult Americans is affected by incontinence but only 1 in 12 seek help? Or that incontinence is the number 2 reason people put their loved ones into assisted-living facilities?...

Guest Editorial: A Fruitful Term, A Productive Year

On the AAWC’s 20th anniversary—an occasion that commemorates the historical and successful evolution of the leading interdisciplinary association for wound healing in the United States—I am humbled...

Guest Editorial: Are You Sure You Want to Be Only a Wound Care Nurse?

I always cringe a bit when a colleague says, “I really want to do what you do and take care of patients with wounds.” Some of my peers might encourage this nurse to follow his or her dream to becom...

Guest Editorial: Innovative Methods to Better Manage the Clinical, Cost, and Humanistic Aspects of Bariatric Care

  According to the World Health Organization,1 obesity is a disease and is defined as a condition of excess body fat to the extent that health is impaired....

Guest Editorial: The AAWC — Advancing Wound Care Through Membership and Collaboration

In April 2014, I took the helm of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). For the past 7 months, I have proudly served, committed to leading our organization through undertakings that will continue to help us make a meaningful difference in clinician education and patient care....

Guest Editorial: Getting to Know the NPUAP

  The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is a national organization dedicated to improving patient outcomes in the field of pressure ulcers through education, research, and public policy. The Panel consists of a 15-member multidisciplinary Board of Directors and an advisory council comprising the Alumni Advisory Council, Corporate Advisory Council, Collaborating Organization Council, and Provider Organization Council. Three main committees carry out the mission of the NPUAP: the Education Committee, the Research Committee, and the Public Policy Committee. Each committee is chaired by members of the Board of Directors and involves representatives from each of the advisory councils. Committee projects further the knowledge base about the care, management, prevention, and treatment of pressure ulcers. ...

Guest Editorial: The Intersection of Ostomy and Wound Management, Obesity, and Associated Science

  In 1997, Ostomy Wound Management published one of the first articles addressing the common, predictable, and preventable skin and wound challenges associated with obesity.1 Since then, a number of important articles have emerged from the journal. As the science of ostomy and wound management intersects with other disciplines, opportunities to improve patient care, many detailed in this special issue of OWM, are rapidly forthcoming....

Guest Editorial: Incontinence Nursing Practice: Is it Evidence-based?

  Evidence-based nursing practice (EBNP) is the integration of the best available research evidence with clinical expertise, patient values, and circumstances.1 Implementing EBNP can resolve problems in the clinical setting, achieve excellence in care delivery, introduce innovation, reduce variations in nursing care, and assist with efficient and effective decision-making. Urinary incontinence (UI) is one particular area of nursing practice where care needs to be evidence-based, because it involves many aspects of daily nursing care. Although scientific knowledge is growing exponentially and experts are publishing guidelines and recommendations, most practicing nurses are unaware this knowledge exists; there is a considerable gap between evidence-based research and clinical UI nursing practice. ...

Guest Editorial: The State of the AAWC—Many Reasons to be Proud

 Each November, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) provides OWM readers with an annual update. As I reflect on my term as the first podiatrist President of the AAWC (2012–2014), I applaud our Board of Directors and staff for all of their efforts, especially their assistance in completing our 5-year strategic plan 1 year early. Accomplishments have included providing continuous evidence-based resources and education to professionals and the lay public, particularly via our website. The AAWC Board of Directors met recently to craft a new 3- to 5-year plan to help advance the practice. Details will be released to members as soon as the plans are finalized. ...