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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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March 2014 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 60 - Issue 3

The Reliability and Validity of Color Indicators Using Digital Image Analysis of Peristomal Skin Photographs: Results of a Preliminary Prospective Clinical Study

Accurate assessment is necessary to evaluate peristomal skin condition, but objective methods are lacking. The purpose of this prospective, repeated-measures study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of color indicators using digital image analysis of peristomal skin photographs....

Use of a Portable, Single-use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Device in Home Care Patients with Low to Moderately Exuding Wounds: A Case Series

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is widely used in the management of acute and chronic wounds. The purpose of this 8-week study was to evaluate outcomes of using a new canisterless, portable, single-use NPWT system in patients with wounds treated in a Canadian community healthcare setting....

Loofah Sponge as an Interface Dressing Material in Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Results of an In Vivo Study

Since the introduction of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), the physiological effects of various interface dressing materials have been studied. The purpose of this experimental study was to compare the use of loofah sponge to standard polyurethane foam or a cotton gauze sponge....

Editor’s Opinion: Building the Evidence, Block by Block

Evidence-based guidelines, a relatively new concept in the field of healthcare, continue to reshape the practice landscape, even as evidence-based care has become an area of study in and of itself. While processes and procedures for the development1 and implementation of guidelines evolve, researchers continue to build the foundation for provision of care, one small building block at a time....

My Scope of Practice: The Change Facilitator

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.” — Anatole France, French novelist and poet

  Five years ago, Lynn DeMartyn, RN, BSN, CWOCN, was asked to see a patient who had an ostomy for 40 years. The gentleman came to clinic with a tote bag and a small folding table. He went to the restroom; she waited for him at bedside. “I waited about 35 minutes for him to come out, so I could start to assess his needs,” Lynn says. “I approached the door and called to him to make sure he was all right, and he said he would be finished removing the appliance in another minute or two.” When he emerged from the bathroom, Lynn was surprised to see he had a faceplate, a rubber ostomy bag, and several products to remove glue and adhesive residue from his skin. “We started the assessment, and I discovered through conversation and questions regarding his ostomy that he no longer traveled or went very far from home,” she says. ...

AAWC Update

Financial Aid Available for AAWC Global Volunteers

  AAWC Global Volunteers is a program designed to bring the basic science of wound care to North America and developing countries across the globe. In December 2006, the AAWC formed its first strategic partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) in order to provide logistical support to volunteers who wish to teach wound management around the world. Current sites include HVO Wound and Lymphedema Management Programs in Peru, Cambodia, India, and Haiti. Recently, the AAWC provided a large grant to HVO to help offset AAWC volunteer travel cost to these locations. Please visit www.hvousa.org for information about funding that is specifically designated for AAWC Members. Become an “AAWC Global Volunteer” today! ...

SAWC Preview: Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and the Wound Healing Society Meeting

April 23–27, 2014 Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center Orlando, FL

  Now in its twenty-seventh year, the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) provides practitioners the clinical and product information necessary for the provision of evidenced-based, quality care. In addition to scheduling information-packed sessions and networking opportunities, SAWC planners ensure ample time with manufacturers through dedicated Exhibit Hall hours to allow attendees to enhance their familiarity with products and to obtain the scientific foundation for various approaches to wound healing and prevention. Here is a preview of what you can expect to see at this year’s Symposium. Be sure to complete your SAWC plans at www.sawcspring.com. ...