Guest Editorial

Guest Editorial: Changing Pressure Ulcer Terms: Consensus or Conspiracy?

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) held a consensus conference April 8–9, 2016 in Chicago, IL where numerous reforms to pressure ulcer-related terminology and definitions were decid...

Guest Editorial: Embracing New Tools to Enhance Clinical Practice

In 2015, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®) released an evidence- and consensus-based support surface selection algorithm, a tool designed to aid the bed...

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....