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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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September 2015 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 61 - Issue 9

A Retrospective Analysis of Pressure Ulcer Incidence and Modified Braden Scale Score Risk Classifications


The Braden Scale is the most widely used pressure ulcer risk assessment in the world, but the currently used 5 risk classification groups do not accurately discriminate among their risk categories. To optimize risk classification based on Braden Scale scores, a retrospective analysis of all consecutively admitted patients in an acute care facility who were at risk for pressure ulcer development was performed between January 2013 and December 2013. ...

Adverse Effect of Sildenafil on Healing Ischemic Wounds: Results of an In vivo Study


Phosphodiesterase-5 is an enzyme that inactivates cyclic guanosine monophosphate and regulates the balance of nitric oxide (NO). NO is an important molecule synthesized during wound repair. ...

Dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Membrane as Adjunctive Therapy in the Multidisciplinary Treatment of Pyoderma Gangrenosum: A Case Report


Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is an uncommon chronic and progressive skin disorder that can lead to severe tissue necrosis, pathergy, horrendous pain, and disfigurement if not properly and promptly diagnosed and treated. Systemic treatment traditionally consists of long-term immunosuppression. Topical care of the painful wound often represents a clinical challenge. ...

Case Closed: Effective Treatment for a Complicated Lower Limb Ulcer

Lower-extremity ulceration is a debilitating condition affecting up to 5% of patients >65 years old.1 Every year, significant resources are spent to treat, prevent, or decelerate the progression of lower limb ulcers. ...

Pearls for Practice: A Stepwise Approach to Care of the Chronic Wound

Most individuals take wound healing for granted,1 but many local and systemic factors can disturb the multiple repair processes and slow the healing trajectory.2 ...

Special to OWM: Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders Fall Update

Earlier this year, the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders launched a quarterly e-newsletter to better keep its membership aware of ongoing activities. OWM is sharing excerpts from this newsletter to highlight the Alliance’s advocacy work in Q2 and over the summer thus far....

My Scope of Practice: A Thirst for Knowledge

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. — Socrates 


Forging ahead to the final semester of her Doctorate in Physical Therapy this fall, Stephanie Woelfel, PT, MPT, CWS, FACCWS practices what she preaches: to remain persistent. Although she has minimal free time to hike with her dog and re-read her favorite Paolo Coelho books, Stephanie still makes room for Ostomy Wound Management and Wounds on her coffee table. She says, “You need to be a lifelong learner to be successful in this field.”...

Letter to the Editor: Was osteomyelitis the culprit?

Regarding Vair A, Keast D, LeMesurier A. The prevalence of anemia of chronic disease in patients with spinal cord injuries and pressure ulcers and the impact of erythropoietin supplementation on wound healing: a descriptive pilot study. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2015;61(6):16-26: Although the intervention mentioned seems to have great potential to provide improved outcomes for this population, certain information appears to have been omitted. ...

Editor's Opinion: The Rituals of Fall

In the United States, the annual health insurance open enrollment period and premium/copayment increases are as predictable as the arrival of Fall. Although the rate of health insurance premium increases has leveled off since the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA), individuals and employers continue to be burdened by a system that consumes a record-setting 17% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).1...

AAWC Update

SAWC Fall in Las Vegas...