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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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March 2015 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 61 - Issue 3

Effects of 35 kHz, Low-frequency Ultrasound Application In Vitro on Human Fibroblast Morphology and Migration Patterns


  Low-frequency ultrasound (LFU) in the frequency range 30–40 kHz administered using different delivery methods (waterbath and noncontact spray) has shown positive effects on chronic wound healing rates in humans, but the underlying mechanisms are only beginning to be explored. To examine the effects of LFU delivered at 35 kHz on the morphology and migration of human fibroblasts, real-time videography was used to record the rate and character of cultured human fibroblast migration at 8-hour increments for 48 hours in a wound assay model....

Editor’s Opinion: Don’t Let Winds of Change Blow Patient-Provider Relationships

A small provision that became law in 1996 continues to profoundly affect how we interact with patients. As is often the case with legislative bills, HIPAA included verbiage that approved implementation of a pilot program to test high-deductible health insurance plans and savings accounts.1...

A Clinical Minute: Pressure Ulcer Management Using Medicinal Honey

Recently published guidelines based on a combined effort of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance included recommendations on the use of medical-grade honey to support debridement and treatment of Stage II and Stage III pressure ulcers.1...

Case Closed: Opening the Door to Closing Challenging Wounds

  OWM introduces Case Closed, a new column sponsored by Keneric Healthcare, Irving, TX, published to familiarize readers with several of the company’s products and provide optimal solutions to malingering wounds....

My Scope of Practice: Reimbursement Lifeline

Coding, coverage, and payment — realities that can stop even the best health care professionals in their tracks. Are you coding to the highest level? Are you following the latest payment regulations? While many wound care professionals have only a basic knowledge of these issues, Kathleen D. Schaum, MS wrote the book (literally) on them....

AAWC Update

AAWC’s 20th Anniversary at SAWC

  The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC)/Wound Healing Society (WHS) will be in San Antonio, TX April 29–May 3. With the AAWC celebrating its 20th Anniversary and implementing the inaugural AAWC Clinical Practice Track, this is a conference that should not be missed...

New Products and Industry News

Annual EPUAP Meeting to Address Current Pressure Ulcer Issues

  The 18th Annual Meeting of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel will take place September 16–18, 2015 in Ghent, Belgium. The EPUAP conference is aimed at bringing together clinical care practitioners, researchers, and people from industry to discuss the current status of the problem in Europe and the world and to discuss new developments in pressure ulcer prevention, treatment, and care. The overall theme of this year’s conference is Putting the Pressure in the Heart of Europe....

A Comparative, Descriptive Study of Systemic Factors and Survival in Elderly Patients With Sacral Pressure Ulcers


  Sacral pressure ulcers (PUs) are a serious complication in frail elderly patients. Thin tissue in the sacral area, low body mass index, and anatomical location contribute to the development of sacral PUs. A comparative, descriptive study was conducted to identify patient systemic factors associated with sacral PUs and to compare survival time in patients with and without PU....

Effects of Systemic Erythropoietin on Ischemic Wound Healing in Rats


  Results of in vivo studies have shown erythropoietin (EPO) is associated with anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and cell protective effects on wound healing. These effects are dose-dependent. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the duration of EPO treatment affects the healing process in the ischemic wound....