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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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November 2016 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 62 - Issue 11

Urgent: Your Input Needed

In April 2016, the NPUAP (National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel) announced changes to the pressure ulcer staging system after holding a consensus conference.  ...

Pressure Ulcers in the United States’ Inpatient Population From 2008 to 2012: Results of a Retrospective Nationwide Study


Pressure ulcers are common, increase patient morbidity and mortality, and costly for patients, their families, and the health care system. A retrospective study was conducted to evaluate the impact of pressure ulcers on short-term outcomes in United States inpatient populations and to identify patient characteristics associated with having 1 or more pressure ulcers....

A Prospective, Descriptive, Quality Improvement Study to Investigate the Impact of a Turn-and-Position Device on the Incidence of Hospital-acquired Sacral Pressure Ulcers and Nursing Staff Time Needed for Repositioning Patients


Patients in critical care areas are at risk for developing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) due to their physical conditions and limited ability to reposition themselves. A prospective, 2-phase quality improvement study was conducted from September to November 2011 and from February to April 2012 in 1 medical and 1 surgical ICU to investigate the impact of a turn-and-assist device on the incidence of HAPUs and the time and personnel required to reposition patients reported as person/minutes (staff x minutes)....

Guest Editorial: Maintaining Our Objections to the NPUAP Changes

In my 30 years as a surgeon, new research and better science have resulted in great advancements in medicine. Technology has changed how surgery is performed and improved outcomes....

Pearls for Practice: Absence of Infection in Orthopedic Surgical Wounds Irrigated With Hypochlorous Acid

Surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to be 1 of the most significant burdens on the health care system, both in the United States and abroad.1 Approximately 500 000 SSIs occur annual...

Practical Perspectives: Compression Therapy Insights: A Discussion with John Macdonald MD, FACS

As discussed in previous columns, venous leg ulcers (VLUs), also known as venous stasis ulcers, are 1 of the most common chronic wounds, impacting nearly 3 million people worldwide....

My Scope of Practice: Running to Shake Up Wound Care

Increasing awareness, improving care, and integrating research into wound care on a global stage are part of the personal and professional missions of Barbara Bates-Jensen (aka BBJ), PhD, RN, FAAN....

Special to OWM: Reimbursement Changes Provide Opportunities for Wound Care Professionals

Wound care professionals are skilled not only at managing wounds from inception to closure, but also in preventing wounds....

From the Top: AAWC Coming of Age

Let’s raise a glass to AAWC’s twenty-first anniversary, September 18, 2016! I’ve enjoyed working with the organization’s leadership and members for nearly 18 years....

AAWC Special Report: In the First (a volunteer’s story)

In the Fall of 2015, Dr. Oguz, a physical therapist and a wound care specialist, applied and was selected for an international volunteer assignment in the island of St. Lucia....