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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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September 2013 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 59 - Issue 9

A Two-year Retrospective Review of Suspected Deep Tissue Injury Evolution in Adult Acute Care Patients


  Suspected deep tissue injury (sDTI) was recently defined as a pressure ulcer category, and knowledge about the evolution of these ulcers is limited. The purpose of this single-site, 2-year, retrospective, IRB-approved study was to increase understanding of the evolution and outcomes of sDTI....

The Development of National Quality Performance Standards for Disposable Absorbent Products for Adult Incontinence


  Disposable absorbent products are widely used in inpatient care settings and in the community to manage adult urinary and fecal incontinence, but few product standards exist to help guide their production or optimal use. Increasing costs and reduced revenues have caused a number of states to evaluate absorbent product use among persons who receive care at home with the assistance of the Medicaid Waiver Program, further increasing concerns about the lack of product performance standards....

Guest Editorial: Guideline Clearinghouse Updates Inclusion Criteria

  Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs), which guide decisions regarding care, are fundamental to high-quality healthcare. Healthcare providers have long regarded the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) as an indispensable, publicly accessible collection of CPGs developed by various organizations and clinician groups.1 Healthcare providers, organizations, and ultimately patients benefit greatly from the dissemination, implementation, and use of these guidelines....

Pearls for Practice: Hypochlorous Acid: Its Multiple Uses for Wound Care

  In today’s medical environment, it is necessary to get the most out of the products we have at hand. When we can find a tool that can be utilized in many ways and still be cost effective, we need to take advantage of it. One such product is hypochlorous acid (HOCl). Although basically a wound cleanser, we have utilized it in our practice for much broader indications....

Nutrition 411: Revisiting Vitamin C and Wound Healing

  When discussing nutritional interventions for wound healing with healthcare practitioners, one of the most frequent questions posed is whether specific vitamin and mineral supplements enhance the rate of healing. Vitamin C is always specifically mentioned because it has routinely been prescribed for patients with wounds. As medicine evolves to evidenced-based practice, questions about the efficacy of this standing order have arisen. Currently, practice is divided; some medical facilities continue to supplement vitamin C, while others do not. Rigorously controlled studies concerning vitamin C still are lacking, so the debate and misinformation proliferate. This close look at vitamin C was originally published in OWM in 2009, but the need to shed some light on this topic persists. ...

Continence Coach: Let’s Hear It For American Ingenuity

  I continue to marvel at the technological sophistication and advancement evident in the design and manufacturing of absorbent products for incontinence. I recently visited the headquarters of Medline Industries, Inc. (Mundelein, IL), the largest, privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products in the US, serving the entire continuum of care with more than 350,000 products. One of the company’s newest items addresses adult incontinence: the FitRight® Restore Brief®. The design incorporates several noteworthy features. First, the construction of the core functions to distribute fluid wicked away from the skin to prevent uncomfortable lumps of superabsorbent polymers. Second, the product has an imbedded moisture alert, or wetness indicator, that changes color when the garment has been soiled to promote timely changes and avoid wasteful, embarrassing inspections. Most uniquely, integral to the product is a proprietary skin nourishment for the perineum (Olivamine™), which also contributes to the especially soft, inner panel in direct contact with the skin. ...

My Scope of Practice: She’s Got (and is Giving) the Power

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” — Peter Drucker, author

  For Coni Ellis, RN, MS, CWOCN, the motto “Knowledge is Power” has been the basis for a career. The former director of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC) Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse Education Program (WOCNEP) and current self-proclaimed “nurse navigator” for friends undergoing cancer treatment is a life-long champion of proliferating knowledge to create well-educated clinicians and patients....

AAWC Update

Announcing the AAWC Shire Fellowship Grant in Wound Healing and Research

  The AAWC is pleased and proud to be able to provide two fellowship support grants for the 2014-2015 academic year, made possible by an unrestricted grant from Shire. These are the first in what is hoped to be a series of yearly grants (and types of grants)....

A Quantitative, Cross-sectional Study of Depression and Self-esteem in Teenage and Young Adult Burn Victims in Rehabilitation


  Burns can have a negative physiological and emotional impact, particularly among teenage victims. To assess the presence of depression and level of self-esteem, a cross-sectional study was conducted among 63 teenage and young adult burn victims ages 12 to 20 years undergoing physical and psychological rehabilitation at the Outpatient Unit for Plastic Surgery and Burns at the Central Institute of the Clínicas Hospital of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil....

New Products and Industry News

Resource for diabetes launched

  Shire plc (San Diego, CA) launched a new educational resource for people with diabetes and their caregivers as part HealTogether (www.HealTogether.com), its online community designed to increase awareness and education of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) and help patients better understand that DFUs should be treated immediately....