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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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February 2015 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 61 - Issue 2

Relative Contributions of Interface Pressure, Shear Stress, and Temperature on Ischemic-induced, Skin-reactive Hyperemia in Healthy Volunteers: A Repeated Measures Laboratory Study


  Although the primary risk factors for pressure ulcer development — pressure, shear, skin temperature, moisture, and friction — have been identified for decades, the relative contribution of each to this risk remains unclear. To confirm the results of and expand upon earlier research into the relative contributions of interface pressures, shear stress, and skin temperature among 4 healthy volunteers, a study involving 6 additional healthy 40- to 75-year-old volunteers was conducted and results of the 2 studies were pooled....

A Prospective, Longitudinal, Descriptive Study of the Effect of a Customized Wheelchair Cushion on Clinical Variables, Satisfaction, and Functionality Among Patients with Spinal Cord Injury


  The Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación (Rehabilitation National Institute) (INR) developed a prototype wheelchair cushion (INR cushion) designed to adjust to the anthropometry of the user’s ischiogluteal area and prevent pressure ulcer formation while maintaining or promoting functionality....

An Overview of Polyurethane Foams in Higher Specification Foam Mattresses


  Soft polyurethane foams exist in thousands of grades and constitute essential components of hospital mattresses. For pressure ulcer prevention, the ability of foams to control the immersion and envelopment of patients is essential....

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Arising from a Recurrent Ischial Pressure Ulcer: A Case Report


  Marjolin’s ulcer is the malignant transformation of long-standing chronic pressure ulcers and requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. A 46-year-old man with an 8-year history of traumatic spinal injury with paraplegia presented with a recurrent ischial pressure ulcer....

Editor’s Opinion: Keeping the Pressure On Taking the Pressure Off

  Every health care professional knows the mantra for pressure ulcer prevention in high-risk patients includes repositioning (if consistent with the overall goal of patient care) and the use of support surfaces and pressure-redistribution cushions....

Nutrition 411: Avoiding Dehydration in Patients With Wounds

  If you work in long-term care, you are probably familiar with the federal regulation requiring the provision of sufficient fluids to each patient, otherwise known as F327....

My Scope of Practice: Learning and Sharing Skin Safety Knowledge

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” —Unknown

  When she was a nursing student on clinical rotation on a medical-surgical unit at a local hospital, DeSales Foster, DNP, MSN, CWOCN, CRNP, GNP-BC cared for a patient who had just had an ileostomy....

AAWC Update

SAWC Early Bird Rate Expires Soon

  The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring is taking place in San Antonio on April 30–May 3 (the Wound Healing Society portion of the conference begins a day earlier, April 29)....