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May 2015 ISSN: 1943-2720 | Volume 61 - Issue 5

My Scope of Practice: A Pioneer in Distance Learning

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. — Albert Einstein

Sharon A. Aronovitch, PhD, RN, CWOCN has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years. For 38 of those years, she’s been a certified wound, ostomy, continence (WOC) nurse, an impressive accomplishment, given that it usually takes years of clinical experience for a nurse to decide on an area of focus....

Body Image Perceptions of Persons With a Stoma and Their Partners: A Descriptive, Cross-sectional Study


The body image perceptions of persons with a stoma and their partners are rarely examined and have yet to be evaluated in a Turkish sample. Using convenience sampling methods, a descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted among individuals receiving treatment at the authors’ stomatherapy unit between March 1, 2012 and May 31, 2012 to assess the effect of the stoma on self-image and partner perception. ...

A Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing 3 Dressing Types Following Sternotomy


Dressings are an important aspect of post-sternotomy care. A prospective, randomized, controlled trial was conducted between July 2010 and August 2012 to compare wound and patient outcomes among 3 marketed postoperative dressings. ...

Early Closure of Temporary Loop Ileostomies: A Systematic Review


A temporary loop ileostomy is a common surgical procedure to protect colorectal anastomoses. The aim of this systematic review was to determine whether early closure of a defunctioning loop ileostomy (<2 weeks from index operation) is safe and reduces stoma-related morbidity....

A Clinical Minute: Giving New Life to Complex Wounds – The Dynamics of AMNIOEXCEL® Amniotic Tissue Supported by the TCC-EZ® Healing Chamber™

The ultimate goal in the management of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) is to prevent the “amputation stairway” of compounding steps from diabetes and neuropathy through to amputation....

Case Closed: An Economical Treatment Protocol for Peristomal Skin Excoriation

Approximately 45% of stoma patients experience peristomal skin excoriation.1 Common causes include mechanical trauma, infectious dermatitis, and pyoderma gangrenosum....

Pearls for Practice: The Use of Hydroconductive Dressings to Prevent and Treat Skin Excoriation in Young Children

Enteric and urinary effluent on infant skin can cause skin irritation ranging from peristomal dermatitis to maceration to skin loss....

Industry News

Nursing society calls for removal of inaccurate portrayal of ostomates ...

Guest Editorial: Are You Sure You Want to Be Only a Wound Care Nurse?

I always cringe a bit when a colleague says, “I really want to do what you do and take care of patients with wounds.” Some of my peers might encourage this nurse to follow his or her dream to becom...


AAWC Board of Directors Election Results Announced at SAWC Spring...