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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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August 2013 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 59 - Issue 8

High-frequency and Noncontact Low-frequency Ultrasound Therapy for Venous Leg Ulcer Treatment: A Randomized, Controlled Study


  Ultrasound therapy can be utilized to manage chronic wounds, including venous leg ulcers (VLUs). A randomized, controlled clinical study was conducted to compare the effectiveness of standard treatment and standard treatment plus either high-frequency ultrasound (HFU) or noncontact low-frequency ultrasound (NCLFU) on VLU outcomes. Ninety (90) outpatients (47 men, 43 women, average age 38.3 [SD 11.5] years) were randomized into the standard care (n = 30), HFU (n = 30), or NCLFU group (n = 30)....

A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Pilot Study Comparing Three Types of Compression Therapy to Treat Venous Leg Ulcers in Patients with Superficial and/or Segmental Deep Venous Reflux


  Compression therapy — including inelastic, elastic, and intermittent pneumatic compression — is the standard of care for venous ulcers (VLUs) and chronic venous insufficiency, but there is no consensus in the literature regarding the most effective type of compression therapy. A prospective, randomized, clinical pilot study was conducted among 70 patients with unilateral VLUs treated in a hospital dermatology department in Poland to compare three types of compression therapy (intermittent pneumatic compression, stockings, and short-stretch bandages) in persons with superficial deep venous reflux alone or combined with the segmental variety....

A Laboratory Study Examining the Impact of Linen Use on Low-air-loss Support Surface Heat and Water Vapor Transmission Rates


  Layers of linens are frequently placed under patients to manage moisture and/or assist with positioning immobile patients, including persons placed on a therapeutic surface because they are at risk for developing pressure ulcers. Because skin microclimate is believed to affect pressure ulcer risk, some therapeutic surfaces are designed to manage skin temperature and humidity (microclimate management). The purpose of this study was to measure the effects of linens and underpads on a low-air-loss (LAL) surface’s ability to disperse heat and evaporate moisture....

Editor’s Opinion: Research and Evidence-based Care: It Takes a Village

  As the momentum to provide evidence-based care gathers speed, so does the need for reliable study data to answer clinical practice questions that have yet to be satisfactorily answered. Try as some study researchers and authors might, there are no short cuts. Publications that do not meet the basic criteria of a well-designed study — no matter which design is used — will not make the cut for inclusion in evidence-based guidelines....

Continence Coach: Disease Burden and the Family Circle

  The burden of disease and illness has traditionally been assessed from the patient’s perspective. However, a growing body of literature supports that life partners and family members, as part of the circle of persons affected, are active participants in decision choices and care equations. The first Family Reported Outcome Measure (FROM – 16)© to assess the impact of disease on the partner or family member has been developed and validated at Cardiff University in the UK.1 As their foundation, the authors present studies relating the impact of dermatological, oncological, and physical or mental illness or disability on patients’ family members, demonstrating how widespread and severe that effect can be. Childhood illness also is cited, noting in some disease areas quality of life can be affected more profoundly in patients’ family members than in the patients themselves. ...

My Scope of Practice: The Importance of Teachers… and Time

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” — Leonard Bernstein, American musician

  Like many in her field, Mary Jo R. Conley, BSN, RN, CWOCN, didn’t begin her nursing career in the specialty. A WOC nurse introduced Mary Jo to the challenging, rewarding arena that is wound, ostomy, and continence care; her story underscores the need for nurse educators and mentors who champion this scope of care and, most of all, are experts at time management....

AAWC Update

AAWC Speaker’s Bureau: Your Source for Wound Care Speakers

    1. Are you considering bringing in a specialist to talk to staff about the importance of the interprofessional approach to preventing, treating, and healing chronic wounds?
    2. Is there a need for education on a specific wound care-related topic within your facility, such as debridement, nutrition, or documentation?
    3. Could other departments benefit from an educational seminar on the basics of wound management?
    4.When it comes to wound care, do you agree that everyone at your facility who comes in contact with a person with a wound should have the latest wound care education?...

New Products and Industry News

Two major wound care companies combine

  Kinetic Concepts, Inc (KCI, San Antonio, TX) signed a definitive agreement to acquire Systagenix (Gatwick, UK) for a purchase price of $485 million. The combination of the two companies will augment KCI’s global position as a leading wound care company with a diverse product portfolio dedicated to addressing the complete wound healing needs of clinicians and their patients, providing best-in-class outcomes that help reduce the overall cost of patient care....