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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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July 2015 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 61 - Issue 7

Human Skin Allograft for Patients With Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Venous Leg Ulcers, or Surgical/Traumatic Wounds: A Retrospective, Descriptive Study

Abstract: Chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) and venous leg ulcers (VLU) may take a long time to heal and increase the risk of complications. Previous studies have suggested human skin allograft may facilitate healing of these chronic wounds. A retrospective, descriptive study was conducted among outpatients with nonhealing DFU, VLU, surgical, or traumatic wounds managed with a meshed, partial-thickness, cryopreserved human skin allograft. Charts of all patients who received an allograft from 2011 to 2013 were abstracted if the wound was >1 cm2, had a duration >30 days, was adequately debrided, and was free of infection before the first allograft application. ...

A Prospective, Descriptive, Quality Improvement Study to Decrease Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis and Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers

Abstract: Incontinence is a common problem among hospitalized patients and has been associated with multiple health complications, including incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) and hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs). A prospective, descriptive study was conducted in 2 acute care neurology units to 1) assess the prevalence of incontinence and incidence of IAD and HAPUs among incontinent patients, and 2) evaluate the effect of caregiver education and use of a 1-step cleanser, moisturizer, barrier product on the development of IAD and HAPUs among patients with incontinence. During a period of 1 month, the incontinence status of admitted patients was recorded and skin was assessed for the presence/absence of IAD and HAPUs twice per day. ...

Management of a Dehisced Hand Wound Using Hydrogen Peroxide, Electrical Stimulation, Silver-containing Dressings, and Compression: A Case Study

Abstract: Wound dehiscence is the separation of a wound along surgical sutures. A 57-year-old, otherwise healthy mechanic presented with a large open wound of >1 month duration on his left hand. His wound had dehisced after treatment that involved cleansing, surgical sutures, and oral antibiotics. He presented with a 5.0 cm x 0.7 cm x 0.3 cm lesion through the palmar creases of the hand with edema around the fourth and fifth digits and a callous formation around the distal portion of the wound. ...

A Clinical Minute: Improving Outcomes and Quality of Life for Patients With Chronic Venous Ulcers

Chronic venous ulcers (CVU) are considered the most common leg ulcers in the ambulatory elderly population in developed countries.1 Associated pain, exudate, and odor have a major impact on a person’s quality of life (QoL). Most of these ulcers are colonized; many are critically colonized or infected during the episode of illness. If total healing is unattainable, which frequently is the case, most patients choose to preserve their QoL, concluding symptom relief is more important than healing.2...

My Scope of Practice: Cultivating Curiosity

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. — Walt Disney

Leslie Painter Wilson, MS, RN, CWOCN became interested in ostomies as a young teenager in the early 1970s when her grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer. He lived with an ostomy for 2 years before he died. “There was little conversation about his condition and what happened to him,” Leslie says. “But it sparked my curiosity.” ...

Special to OWM: Why Wound Care?™ Launched

Ostomy Wound Management’s mother ship, HMP Communications Holdings, LLC (HMP), has launched Why Wound Care?™ (WWC?) an initiative designed to make students and recently graduated nurses aware of the opportunities available in pursuing a specialized career in wound nursing and provide complimentary and deeply discounted educational resources to achieve their goals....

Innovations That Work!

Each year for the July issue, we invite manufacturers to tout their latest product innovations. Several of the products listed were launched this year (see asterisk), making their inclusion especially appropriate. The descriptions are presented alphabetically by product. Where available, product testimonials from experienced clinicians are provided. For ready, convenient access to comprehensive listings and information on wound, ostomy, and continence products and services, we encourage you to visit the Wounds 360 Buyers Guide, available at www.wounds360bg.com. Also check your email inboxes for monthly product bulletins. As always, your comments and feedback are welcome....

From the Editor: Seizing the Opportunity for Innovation

This article was inspired by the thoughts of Keith Harding, CBE, FRCGP, FRCP, FLSW, Dean of Clinical Innovation, Head of Wound Healing Research Unit, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

As if to underscore the conundrum regarding innovation in wound care, 2 articles by Harding generated by the Proceedings of the 4th International Surgical Wound Forum cite “dramatic improvements in wound care”1 although “innovation in wound care has been slow.”2 ...

AAWC Update

The Association is grateful to everyone who attended the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC Spring) and visited the AAWC booth. Many participated in the AAWC’s fundraising activities; proceeds support the Scholarship Fund, Global Volunteers Program, and Patient Advocacy efforts. If you missed SAWC Spring, be sure to join us at SAWC Fall at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, September 26-28. ...