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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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September 2014 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 60 - Issue 9

A Prospective, Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial Comparing a Bioengineered Skin Substitute to a Human Skin Allograft

A prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical trial was conducted to compare an in vitro-engineered, human fibroblast-derived dermal skin (HFDS) substitute and a biologically active cryopreserved human skin allograft (HSA) to determine the relative number of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) healed (100% epithelialization without any drainage) and the number of grafts required by week 12....

A Prospective Assessment of Sacral Pressures in Healthy Volunteers Seated Upright and Reclined With Legs Elevated in a Recliner

Using convenience sampling methods, 23 healthy participants (four men, 19 women, mean age 45 years, body mass index [BMI] range 20–45) participated in a prospective pilot study to evaluate the effect of BMI and two commonly used seating positions in standard hospital reclining chairs on tissue (especially sacral) interface pressures....

AAWC Update

  The AAWC Annual Report was released to members at the end of August and was added to the Association’s homepage for public viewing. If you are not a member, please consider joining to stay in the know all year and take advantage of our many benefits, including discounts, educational tools, members-only programs, and networking and leadership opportunities....

My Scope of Practice: A First-hand Appreciation for Wound Care

 Janice Smiell, MD, received a BA in chemistry with math and biology minors from Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA) and an MD from Drexel Medical School (Philadelphia, PA). During her surgery residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital (Morristown, NJ), she suffered a chronic wound as a result of vasculitis....

Nutrition 411: New CMS Rule Gives Dietitians Order Writing Privileges

  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule that will allow registered dietitians (RDs) to become privileged to independently write orders beginning July 11, 2014....

Pearls for Practice: Significant Cost Savings Realized by Changing Debridement Protocol

Recently, hypochlorous acid (Vashe Wound Solution, SteadMed Medical, LLC, Fort Worth, TX) has been reported to be effective at soft debridement when used as a wound soak followed by wiping of the wound.2...

A Clinical Minute: Battling Opportunistic Pathogens and Infection

   Infection rates are staggering, continue to challenge the healthcare system, and have been shown to increase mortality, hospital readmission rates, length of stay (LOS), and overall healthcare expenditures....

SAWC Spotlight: Opening Ceremonies: Getting Pumped for the Conference Experience

  Speakers at the SAWC Fall Opening Ceremonies, scheduled to begin Thursday, October 16, at 9:10 a.m., present valuable conference insights for first-time as well as seasoned attendees....

New Products and Industry News

  HMP Communications Holdings, LLC (Malvern, PA) has acquired Nutrition411.com, a vibrant news source and clinical resource center designed for healthcare professionals who integrate diet and nutrition into patient consultations....