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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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December 2014 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 60 - Issue 12

AAWC Update

  The AAWC sincerely thanks members, board members, staff, volunteers, organizational partners, and corporate sponsors for a prosperous 2014....

My Scope of Practice: Helping Practice Evolve

When Charlotte Lisco, RN, BSN, CWOCN, enrolled in a local community college’s adult education program to learn how to be a unit secretary, she had no intention of becoming a nurse; her career goal always had been to be a high school teacher....

SAWC Spotlight: What Influences Your Decision to Attend the SAWC?

 The brochures, the emails, the eblasts, and the ads inundating your various inboxes list numerous reasons for wound care providers to attend the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, affectionately known as the S-A-W-C....

A Clinical Minute: Amniotic Allograft Therapy for Complex Nonhealing Wounds: A Promising Approach When Other Treatments Have Failed

  Patients referred to wound centers frequently have complex wounds and comorbidities that contribute to poor wound healing. Amniotic allografts have recently been used in the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds....

From the Editor: Pop pops, Pee, and Quality of Life

  I view aging through the eyes of my 85-year-old dad. He lives completely independently and is in relatively good health. He is an active participant in all family events (and there are a lot of them, with 5 great-grandchildren)....

The Effects of Using a Moldable Skin Barrier on Peristomal Skin Condition in Persons with an Ostomy: Results of a Prospective, Observational, Multinational Study

  Peristomal skin problems are the most commonly experienced physical complication following ostomy surgery and often are caused by leakage or a poorly fitting skin barrier. A prospective, multicenter, observational evaluation of persons with a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy was conducted to assess the incidence of peristomal lesions and level of patient satisfaction with moldable skin barriers....

A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Role of the Spinal Cord Impairment Pressure Ulcer Monitoring Tool (SCI-PUMT) in Clinical Decisions for Pressure Ulcer Treatment

The Spinal Cord Impairment Pressure Ulcer Monitoring Tool (SCI-PUMT) was designed to assess pressure ulcer (PrU) healing in the spinal cord impaired (SCI) population. The tool contains 7 variables: wound surface area, depth, edges, tunneling, undermining, exudate type, and necrotic tissue amount....

A Retrospective Review of Outcomes Using a Fecal Management System in Acute Care Patients

  Intrarectal catheters (ie, large bore, soft, silicone catheters with a retention balloon intended to hold the catheter within the rectum and create a seal) may be used for the temporary management of diarrhea and fecal incontinence, to protect perineal skin and wounds, and to prevent cross infection....