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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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October 2012 | Volume 58 - Issue 10

Prospective, Nonrandomized Controlled Trials to Compare the Effect of a Silk-Like Fabric to Standard Hospital Linens on the Rate of Hospital-acquired Pressure Ulcers


  Hospital bedding and gowns influence skin moisture, temperature, friction, and shear, which in turn may affect the development of pressure ulcers. To evaluate the effect of a new silk-like synthetic fabric on the incidence of pressure ulcers in an acute care setting, two consecutive 6-month clinical trials were conducted among 307 consecutively admitted patients in a Medical Renal Unit (August 2008 and March 2010) and in 275 patients admitted to a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) (September 2009 to March 2010)....

The Effect of a Wound Care Solution Containing Polyhexanide and Betaine on Bacterial Counts: Results of an in vitro Study


  Polyhexanide and betaine topical solution is used in the management of infected wounds as a cleaning agent. An in vitro study was conducted to examine the antimicrobial effects of a solution containing 0.1% of the antimicrobial agent polyhexanide and 0.1% of the surfactant betaine....

An E-Learning Program to Prevent Pressure Ulcers in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury: A Pre- and Post- Pilot Test Among Rehabilitation Patients Following Discharge to Home


  Pressure ulcers (PrUs) are the most common medical complication following spinal cord injury (SCI), as well as costly and potentially life-threatening. Every individual with SCI is at life-long risk for developing PrUs, yet many lack access to readily available, understandable, and effective PrU prevention strategies and practices....

Editor’s Opinion: Asking the Hard Questions

  After detailing the costs and describing the potential increases in life expectancy provided by some of the new cancer drugs, the author of a recent Newsweek article concluded that, aside from academics and insurance-company executives, few Americans are willing to consider the “price of time.”1 Discussions about healthcare cost-effectiveness in general continue to receive, at best, a lukewarm reception from healthcare providers and patients. However, the increasing realization that healthcare represents 17% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the United States2 and that system tweaks and bandaids have been unable to curb spending or the increasing financial pressure on individuals may eventually change such (non)thinking....

Continence Coach: Patient Engagement: What It Means, What It Takes, and Why Nurses Matter

  As I compose this column, the Care Coordination Summit1 is taking place in Washington, DC. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jessie Gruman, President of the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH), an organization founded to conduct research, communicate findings, and advocate for policies that support everyone’s ability to benefit from advances in health science....

My Scope of Practice: A Successful Late Bloomer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. — Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian

  Jamie Tamburino, MSN, CRNP, grew up in Ohio in a small steel mill town where girls did not go to college. Her dream was to attend Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), but in 1972 when she graduated from Struthers High School she couldn’t make that happen. Instead, she took a job as a waitress and commuted to Youngstown State University where she earned her associate’s degree in nursing....

AAWC Update

AAWC Hosts Various Events at SAWC Spring and Fall

  Dr. Robert Snyder, President of AAWC, announced AAWC’s record-breaking increase in membership of more than 41% in only 15 months during the Opening Ceremony at SAWC Fall last month in Baltimore.   Not only do AAWC Members receive a 20% discount to attend SAWC Spring and Fall, but they also get to enjoy these additional offerings, provided to members and others solely by AAWC while at the conference:...

New Products and Industry News

New wound dressing helps manage at-risk, infected wounds

  ConvaTec (Skillman, NJ) introduced AQUACEL® Ag EXTRA™ wound dressing at the Fall Symposium on Advanced Wound Care in Baltimore, MD. The new dressing incorporates strengthening fibers, making it especially appropriate for managing highly exuding wounds needing strength and absorbency. The wound dressings also incorporate the antimicrobial action of ionic silver.

  The new dressings come in four sizes: 2" x 2" (5 cm x 5 cm), 4"x 5" (10 cm x 12 cm), 6" x 6" (15 cm x 15 cm), and 8" x 12" (20 cm x 30 cm).

  For more information, visit www.convatec.com....