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August 2014 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 60 - Issue 8

Using Medical Silicone to Ensure an Airtight Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Dressing Seal in Challenging Wounds: A Case Series


  Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has been used for a broad range of indications and wound types. However, it can be difficult to maintain an airtight dressing seal when the wound is located in an anatomically challenging area or environment. To address this problem, medical silicone, used to create intraoral vacuum dressings, was used in five patients (one woman, four men, age range 57 to 66 years) to seal leaking NPWT dressings (four polyurethane dressings and one polyurethane silver foam dressing)....

Editor’s Opinion: Priorities Beyond the Headlines

  Usually, the World Health Organization is in the news only when there is an outbreak of a communicable disease, particularly when the disease is spreading rapidly or threatens major metropolitan areas or countries where the disease does not, or rarely, occurs....

My Scope of Practice: A Physical Therapist With a Passion for Wound Care

Heather Leigh Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT, CLWT got hooked on wound care as the result of a 3-hour lecture at Chapman University presented as part of her physical therapy course. By the end of the presentation, Heather had decided to do her acute care rotation in a burn center, where her life and career path were forever changed....

AAAWC Update

AAWC Pays Tribute to VIP Volunteers

  The first order of business for Vickie R. Driver, MS, DPM, FACFAS, the new AAWC President, was to recognize the Association’s volunteers and congratulate them for their work. All committee and task force members were invited to attend the 1st Annual AAWC VIP Volunteers meeting during SAWC Spring this past April in Orlando, FL. Certificates of Appreciation were provided to everyone in attendance. The AAWC has more than 100 volunteers, filling nearly 30 committees and task forces, and six liaisons to other organizations. Many volunteers hold more than one position....

SAWC Spotlight: Maximizing Your SAWC Experience

  All educational conferences are not created equal. Whether you are a seasoned attendee or someone new to the SAWC/conference experience, this column will offer advice and guidance on maximizing the many opportunities to learn, explore, network, and (especially in today’s healthcare climate) economize. This installment encourages you to think timing, convenience, and savings. All relevant information and materials are available at www.sawc.net....

A Prospective, Observational Study of High-Specification Foam Immersion Surfaces Used in Populations at High Risk for Pressure Ulcers


  There are insufficient clinical outcomes data to select pressure redistribution support surfaces for vulnerable populations at risk for skin breakdown. A prospective, descriptive case series study with historical controls was conducted to examine clinical outcomes and user feedback when nonpowered, ergonomically designed, high-specification foam (HSF) devices were added to either a medical grade portable recliner or standard hospital bed used in the care of persons at high risk for pressure ulcers (PU)....

A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled, Clinical Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of High-frequency Ultrasound in the Treatment of Stage II and Stage III Pressure Ulcers in Geriatric Patients


  International guidelines recommend high-frequency ultrasound (HFUS; MHz) for treating infected pressure ulcers (PUs). A 2-year, prospective, randomized, controlled study was conducted to evaluate how HFUS affects PU healing among 42 geriatric patients treated in four nursing and care centers in Silesia, Poland....

A Clinical Minute: Little Patients, Big Outcomes: The Role of MEDIHONEY® in Pediatric Wound Care

Special consideration must be given to unique characteristics present in pediatrics patients, including fragile and sensitive skin, different comorbidities, and underlying physiological and anatomical skin differences....