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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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May 2014 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 60 - Issue 5

A Multicenter, Retrospective Study to Evaluate the Effect of Preoperative Stoma Site Marking on Stomal and Peristomal Complications


  Even though preoperative marking of the stoma area is considered important for the prevention of postoperative complications, not all healthcare institutions have universally adopted this practice. A multicenter, retrospective, descriptive study was conducted to determine the effect of stoma site marking on stomal and peristomal complications. ...

A Survey to Assess Knowledge Among International Colorectal Clinicians and Enterostomal Therapy Nurses About Stoma-related Faith Needs of Muslim Patients


  Quality of life after the creation of a stoma can be influenced by religious factors. Enterostomal specialist nurses often offer holistic preoperative counseling to discuss religious concerns with Muslim patients, which requires a sound working knowledge of relevant Islamic practices. To assess colorectal surgeon and enterostomal specialist nurse awareness of Islamic practices that influence quality of life in Muslim patients with stomas, a questionnaire comprised of 16 multiple-choice questions was developed and face and content validity established. ...

Considerations for Diagnosis and Management of Ileostomy-related Malignancy: A Report of Two Cases


  Malignancy associated with a long-standing ileostomy is a rare occurrence reported as early as 3 years after ileostomy placement. Patients most commonly present first to their ostomy care nurse with peristomal skin changes unresponsive to conservative measures. To elucidate presentation and management, two cases of male patients with ileostomy-related with malignancy (one lymphoma and one squamous cell carcinoma) are discussed. ...

From the Editor: The O in Our Name

  With all of our parent company’s emphasis on wound care (three publications, two major conferences, and countless seminars and webinars), it may be easy to forget Ostomy Wound Management also embraces ostomy and incontinence care, along with related skin concerns. ...

Letter to the Editor: Differentiating Ultrasound Technologies

  As a wound care practitioner who has specialized in the use of therapeutic technologies for more than 30 years, I have first-hand experience with the confusion regarding the different types of ultrasound used to treat wounds. I am concerned the content in the article (Maher SF, Halverson J, Misiewicz R, Reckling T, Smart O, Benton C, Schoenherr D. Low-frequency ultrasound for patients with lower leg ulcers due to chronic venous insufficiency: a report of two cases. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2014;60[2]:52–61) will add to the existing confusion. ...

My Scope of Practice: Being True to Her Interest

“Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it, and give birth to it.” — Eckhart von Hochheim (aka Meister Eckhart), German theologian, philosopher, and mystic (c. 1260 – c. 1327)   According to Vicki Fischenich, RN, MSN, GNP-BC, WCC, “Never be the person who is not willing to change or consider new possibilities — no matter what expertise you might have, there is always room for improvement.” ...


 Welcome to AAWC News for May 2014. If you are currently a member of the AAWC, please share this information with nonmember colleagues and encourage them to join. Our members include more than 2,200 wound care professionals and others dedicated to the advancement of wound care.

AAWC 2014 Board of Directors Election

  The AAWC is fortunate to have had a wonderful slate of candidates. The following individuals have transitioned to new roles: Vickie R. Driver, MSc, DPM, FACFAS — AAWC President; Teresa Conner-Kerr, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT — President-Elect; and Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT — Treasurer. The Association grateful acknowledges Robert J. Snyder, DPM, MSc, CWS for his service as President and looks forward to his continued efforts as the Immediate Past President. ...