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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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March 2017 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 63 - Issue 3

Pharmacologic Impact (aka “Breaking Bad”) of Medications on Wound Healing and Wound Development: A Literature-based Overview


Patients with wounds often are provided pharmacologic interventions for their wounds as well as for their acute or chronic illnesses. Drugs can promote wound healing or substantively hinder it; some medications cause wound or skin reactions. A comprehensive review of extant literature was conducted to examine the impact of drug therapy on wound healing and skin health....

Ultrasound to Detect Pressure-related Deep Tissue Injuries in Adults Admitted via the Emergency Department: A Prospective, Descriptive, Pilot Study


Stage 4 pressure ulcers (PUs) start with tissue death at the level of the bone, also known as deep tissue injury (DTI). Studies have shown the appearance of DTI on the skin is delayed for several days after the original pressure-related injury to the deep soft tissues. Studies also suggest DTI can be seen using ultrasound (US) technology. A prospective, descriptive, correlational pilot study was conducted to evaluate the use of US technology to detect DTI in the soft tissues that are not visible on the skin upon hospital admission....

A Retrospective Study of Pilonidal Sinus Healing by Secondary Intention Using Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Versus Alginate or Gauze Dressings


Pilonidal sinus (PS) disease is an inflammatory skin and subcutaneous tissue condition that presents with infection, acute abscess, chronic discharging wounds, and/or pain. Surgery with open healing by secondary intention typically is used to achieve the fastest healing time with minimal recurrence rates. A retrospective analysis was conducted of data extracted from the medical records of 73 consecutive patients who had symptomatic natal cleft PS over a 10-year period to compare use of NPWT to alginate-based/gauze daily dressing (DD) changes in terms of healing time and recurrence....

From the Editor: Wound Care Karma

A recent radio talk show addressed the topic of karma. Callers were debating whether people who do good deeds should expect good things will happen to them in return....

Pearls for Practice: A Novel Hydroconductive Surgical Dressing to Decrease Incisional Wound Complications

With approximately 250 million major surgical procedures performed worldwide each year, closed surgical incisions are common.1 Unfortunately, even if surgery is successful and primary cl...

Special to OWM: Advocacy Update from the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders is an association of 21 medical specialty societies, organizations, and provider groups with a focus on promoting q...


Scholarship funds increased...

SAWC Exhibitor Preview

Celebrating its 30th year, the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) continues to be the nation’s largest and leading interdisciplinary wound care conference....