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March 2013 | Volume 59 - Issue 3

Pulsatile Lavage for Pressure Ulcer Management in Spinal Cord Injury: A Retrospective Clinical Safety Review


  Pressure ulcers are major complications of reduced mobility and/or sensation. Pulsatile lavage therapy delivers localized hydrotherapy directly to the wound utilizing a pulsatile pressurized stream of normal saline....

Editor’s Opinion: Using Our Devices to Weigh In on Devices

  This issue of Ostomy Wound Management contains three original contributions that aim to increase understanding of currently available medical device technologies. The concerns addressed range from safety (pulsatile lavage) to the pros and cons of use (hyperbaric oxygen) to factors that should be considered when making appropriate product selections (support surfaces). At first glance, clinicians may wonder how this information might affect their practice until they realize these articles all contain crucial, fundamental guidance on providing safe and effective care. ...

Special to OWM: A Tribute to Morris David Kerstein, MD, FACS

January 13, 1938 – February 1, 2013

  Sometimes life allows us to learn from a person so gifted and gracious his presence remains even after he leaves the room…or the planet. That was Morris Kerstein. As one of the world’s pre-eminent vascular surgeons, his legacy to medical practice included more than 800 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals, 18 books, and 90 book chapters. His reach extended around the world as a “Doctor Without Borders”; his influence in the wound care arena was meaningful, deep, and far-reaching. During his distinguished academic and surgical career, he mentored countless medical students and colleagues with patience, humor, and a penetrating appreciation of human nature. ...

Progress in Practice: Pressure Ulcer Management Using Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose Hydrofiber® Foam Dressings

  Traditionally, foam dressings are composed of polymer solutions, often polyurethane, with small open cells capable of holding fluid. Absorption depends on the composition and thickness of the foam. Some are layered or impregnated with other materials and may have an adhesive border or a film covering. ConvaTec’s (Skillman, NJ) new AQUACEL® Foam Dressings feature sodium carboxymethylcellulose (NaCMC) Hydrofiber® technology and are available as nonadhesive or with a skin-friendly silicone adhesive....

AAWC Update

The 2nd Annual AAWC Celebration: Membership Meeting and Auction. Help Wanted!

  The AAWC is planning its 2nd Annual AAWC Celebration: Membership Meeting and Auction at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), May 1–5, 2013, in Denver, CO. The celebration is scheduled for May 3, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. All auction proceeds benefit the AAWC Scholarship Fund....

Continence Coach: Fitter, Not Fatter

  In early February, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an alarming study1 in which researchers concluded that, without a doubt, America’s baby boomers — the generation born in the two decades after the end of World War II — are less healthy than their parents’ generation. Lead author and family practice physician Dana King and his colleagues at the West Virginia University School of Medicine used data from the federally funded National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to compare the answers of people who were 46 to 64 years old between 1988 and 1994 to those of baby boomers in the same age range between the years 2007 and 2010. The two population groups were similar demographically except for culture and race; non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics represented a slightly higher percentage in the 2007 and 2010 period, reflective of the overall shift in US population. ...

My Scope of Practice: Saluting a US Navy Nurse Corps WOCN

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. — Mahatma Gandhi  Since Congress officially established the United States Navy Nurse Corps in 1908, countless military men and women have been in the care of its dedicated providers, a group that includes Linda S. McKenna, RN, BSN, CWOCN....

SAWC Spring 2013 Exhibitors Preview

Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and the Wound Healing Society Meeting May 1–5, 2013 Colorado Convention Center Denver, Colorado One of the highlights of the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), now celebrating its 26th year, is the extensive Exhibit Hall. Dedicated hours ensure maximum opportunity for attendees to visit the more than 300 booths and glean clinical and product information necessary for the provision of quality care. One-on-one time with manufacturers, sessions on the science behind the products, live demonstrations, and product giveaways— plus, a Grand Opening Cocktail Reception and free lunches — underscore the value of the SAWC Exhibit Hall. Here’s just a sampling of what attendees can anticipate at this year’s Symposium. Be sure to complete your SAWC plans at www.sawc.net. ...

A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Study of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Effects on Healing and Oxidative Stress of Ulcer Tissue in Patients with a Diabetic Foot Ulcer


  Although hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy has been reported to help heal chronic foot ulcers in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), production of HBO-related oxidative stress is a concern. To assess the therapeutic effect and oxidative stress of HBO, a 2-week, prospective, randomized, controlled clinical study was conducted from January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2012 among 36 consecutively admitted patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU)....

The Relative Contributions of Interface Pressure, Shear Stress, and Temperature on Tissue Ischemia: a Cross-sectional Pilot Study


  Tissue ischemia is thought to play a major role in the development of pressure ulcers. Pressure, shear, and temperature are acknowledged contributors, but the relative magnitude of each factor is largely unknown....