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May 2016 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 62 - Issue 5

A Descriptive Study Assessing Quality of Life for Adults With a Permanent Ostomy and the Influence of Preoperative Stoma Site Marking


Diseases or anomalies of the genitourinary or gastrointestinal tract often require removal of organs and creation of an artificial opening (stoma) to allow for elimination of urine or stool. Preoperative stoma site marking can affect quality of life (QoL). A descriptive study was conducted to assess the relationship between QoL and preoperative stoma site marking in adults with a permanent ostomy....

A Retrospective, Observational Study of the Adequacy of Elective Loop Stoma Diversion


Diverting stomas are employed for various clinical indications and easier to revert than end stomas. General, plastic, and colorectal surgeons continue to debate whether a diverting loop stoma adequately diverts stool, preventing spillage into the distal limb, which does not receive stool. A retrospective, descriptive study was conducted involving all patients who underwent loop ostomy surgery (colostomy or ileostomy) — defined by current procedural terminology (CPT) codes 44187, 44188, 44153, and 44155–44158 — between April 1, 2002 and October 12, 2010....

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the Adjunctive Treatment of Pyoderma Gangrenosum: A Case Report


Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a neutrophilic dermatosis of unknown etiology characterized by an ulcerative skin condition and confirmed through a diagnosis of exclusion. Management usually consists of systemic drug therapy, such as corticosteroids, sulfones, or immunosuppressants, either alone or in combination. Long-term use of these medications often has untold side effects. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown effective in the treatment of PG, reducing pain and tempering the need for medication....

Using the Literature to Understand Achilles’ Fate


According to Greek mythology, Achilles was fatally wounded in his heel, bled out, and died. Several unproven hypotheses mention poisoning, infection, allergy, hemophilia, thyrotoxic storm (ie, pain and stress), and suicide. The author, a plastic surgeon who often treats chronic wounds, proposes an additional scenario: Although not mortally wounded, Achilles was considered dead, because in his time a wounded hero was as good as a dead hero, so he lived out the remainder of his life as former hero with a chronic wound far away from everyone....

Guest Editorial: Embracing New Tools to Enhance Clinical Practice

In 2015, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN®) released an evidence- and consensus-based support surface selection algorithm, a tool designed to aid the bed...

My Scope of Practice: Patience and Compassion in Wound Care

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. — Bessie Stanley, “Success” (adaptation)...

Can We Talk?: Pressure Injury Replaces Pressure Ulcer: Provider Thoughts on Changes to Pressure Ulcer Staging

After a consensus process with interactive discussion and voting, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced the term pressure injury should replace pressure ulcer...


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