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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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October 2013 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 59 - Issue 10

A Review of the Literature Informing Affordable, Available Wound Management Choices for Rural Areas of Tropical Developing Countries


  Health professionals are often absent in rural areas of tropical developing countries. Current wound management in this environment is costly and largely ineffective. Achieving effective wound management in this setting will require educating the lay health providers who manage wounds in villages. Two extensive literature searches were conducted using CINAHL and Medline with no date, geographic, or language restrictions....

Developing and Integrating a Practice Model for Health Finance Reform into Wound Healing Programs: An Examination of the Triple Aim Approach


  Throughout the United States, government and private payers are exploring new payment models such as accountable care organizations and shared savings agreements. These models are widely based on the construct of the Triple Aim, a set of three principles for health services reform: improving population-based outcomes, improving patient care experiences, and reducing costs through better delivery systems....

Editor’s Opinion: Why Institutional Review Board Approval

  Rules, regulations, and laws most often are promulgated as a reaction to one or multiple events, mishaps, or problems. One such requirement involves ensuring the protection of research participants. In accordance with international standards, information about how study participants were protected must be included in all manuscripts submitted to Ostomy Wound Management.1 As with many other rules, regulations, and laws, it is not unusual to wonder why we have to adhere to them or why they exist in the first place. Why, some authors wonder, can my manuscript not be published because I did not obtain Institutional Review Board approval? It was “just” a….. (fill in the blank). ...

Letter to the Editor: Advertisement Concerns

Dear Editor,

  Thank you for all Ostomy Wound Management does to channel valuable information supporting care decisions to the professionals who make them.

  Regrettably, an advertisement attached to the front cover of recent issues of Ostomy Wound Management and WOUNDS misinformed readers, potentially harming patients by selectively quoting a Cochrane systematic review (SR) about honey. This advertisement initially seemed to be a journal-sponsored service to readers authorized by the Cochrane collaboration. Closer examination revealed it to be a commercial advertisement, not authorized by the Cochrane Collaboration. ...

Pearls for Practice: Hydroconductive Dressings Used To Heal Dehisced Surgical Wounds: A Case Series

  In 2011, a novel class of dressings, hydroconductive dressings (HCD), was introduced at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care.1 The unique action of this dressing (Drawtex Hydroconductive Wound Dressing, SteadMed Medical, LLC, Fort Worth, TX) draws wound exudate both horizontally and vertically into the dressing,2,3 draws debris and slough from the wound, and draws bacteria and deleterious cytokines from the wounds.4-6 Although this topical therapy is most commonly associated with highly exudative wounds such as venous leg ulcers, we also have been utilizing it with great success in the treatment of acutely dehisced surgical wounds. We present our experiences with four dehisced surgical wounds that were treated with the HCD. In each case, the patient’s wound had been treated for at least 2 weeks with an alternative product and did not progress within expected norms of wound healing. ...

Continence Coach: Understanding the Underactive Bladder

  Individuals facing bladder contractility problems may experience symptoms such as urinary frequency that ironically mimic overactive bladder. Actually, the issue is an underactive bladder or underactive detrusor muscle. Detrusor underactivity (DU) is defined by the International Continence Society (ICS)1 as a contraction of reduced strength and/or duration resulting in prolonged bladder emptying and/or failure to achieve complete bladder emptying within a normal time span....

My Scope of Practice: The Importance of Passion

“To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.” — Sister Mary Lauretta   

Of wound, ostomy, continence nursing, Dorothy (Dot) Paone Goodman, RN, BSN, CWOCN, says, “It is not just a job. You need to have a passion for this work.” With more than 30 years in the nursing field, 26 as a CWOCN, Dot’s passion is evident.   ...

AAWC Update

AAWC Annual Report Released

  The AAWC Annual Report was emailed to all members in early September and is contained in the AAWC’s online members-only area. It also will be available to the public for a limited period of time from the AAWC homepage, www.aawconline.org. Please take the time to read about the many worthwhile endeavors in which the AAWC is involved within various communities, our nation, and the world. Additionally, learn about the financial and other benefits that wound care professionals enjoy, including discounts, educational tools, members-only programs, networking, and leadership opportunities. ...

New Products and Industry News

Distribution agreement signed for hydroactive wound products

  Alliqua, Inc, (Langhorne, PA) signed a long-term agreement with sorbion GmbH & Co. KG to distribute the sorbion sachet S, sorbion sana, and new products with hydrokinetic fibers as primary dressings. Sorbion hydroactive wound care products will be distributed by Alliqua throughout all of the Americas.

  The sorbion sachet S and sorbion sana brands have been market leaders in the matrix metalloproteinase modulator wound dressing category in Germany and the United Kingdom for the past several years and were initially introduced into the United States’ marketplace 3 years ago. These dressings are Food and Drug Administration-cleared and are reimbursable.

  For more information, please visit www.alliqua.com. ...