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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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September 2016 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 62 - Issue 9

A Meta-analysis to Evaluate the Predictive Validity of the Braden Scale for Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment in Long-term Care


Although it is among the most commonly used pressure ulcer risk assessment tools, the Braden Scale may lack strong predictive validity when used in the long-term care setting. A meta-analysis was conducted of English-language articles published in the PubMed database and Web of Science from the indices’ inception through July 2015 to assess the predictive validity of the Braden Scale for pressure ulcers in long-term care residents....

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy With Instillation and Dwell Time Used to Treat Infected Orthopedic Implants: A 4-patient Case Series


Infection following orthopedic implants for bone fixation or joint replacement is always serious and may require removal of the osteosynthetic material. Negative pressure wound therapy with instillation and dwell time (NPWTi-d) is an emerging therapy for the treatment of complex wounds, including infected wounds with osteosynthetic material. The purpose of this case study was to evaluate the outcomes of 4 patients (1 man, 3 women; age range 49 to 71 years) with a postoperative wound infection (POWI) following fracture repair and internal fixation. All patients were at high risk for surgical complications, including infections. Standard infection treatments (antibiotics) had been unsuccessful. Based on the available literature, a NPWTi-d protocol was developed....

Exploring the Effect of Educating Certified Nursing Assistants on Pressure Ulcer Knowledge and Incidence in a Nursing Home Setting


The certified nursing assistant (CNA) is the caregiver who frequently identifies the first signs and symptoms of pressure ulcers (PUs) in the long-term care setting. A quality improvement effort was implemented to explore the effect of a 1-hour CNA education program about early identification, treatment, and prevention of PUs on PU knowledge, PU incidence, and PU prevention interventions, including skin checks. All 33 CNAs employed in a care facility for residents 55+ years old were invited to participate....

Topical Corticosteroid for the Treatment of Hypergranulation Tissue at the Gastrostomy Tube Insertion Site: A Case Study


Hypergranulation tissue formation around a gastrostomy tube insertion site is a common feeding tube-related complication that affects patients who receive long-term enteral nutrition. Some clinicians recommend use of a topical corticosteroid in patients with gastrostomy tube insertion site hypergranulation. However, documentation is scant regarding appropriate treatment for this condition. This case report describes a 67-year-old bedridden man with spinocerebellar degeneration who presented with hypergranulation at the site of the gastrostomy tube, inserted 1 week earlier. The tissue was raw and inflamed, with bleeding and exudation....

Editorial Opinion: Qualifying the Use of “Only” in Your Job Description

Whether your practice or research is focused on wound or ostomy or skin or continence (or any combination of the aforementioned) care, chances are you find it difficult to describe the many aspects...

Measuring the Value of Wound Care Certification in a Quality-Based Healthcare System

As the definition of clinical quality care evolves, should wound care providers give thought to how ongoing education prepares them to meet regulatory challenges while maintaining patient satis...

My Scope of Practice: Advancing Wound Care in Rural Areas

Tomorrow our seeds will grow. All we need is dedication. — Lauryn Hill, singer-songwriter...

Special to OWM: Seeking an Evidence Base for Clinical Interventions for Venous Leg Ulcers

Although 1% to 2% of the population 65+ years has a venous leg ulcer (it is one of the most common chronic wounds) and despite a plethora of research, several recently published reviews of the veno...


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