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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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August 2017 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 63 - Issue 8

A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial to Assess Use of 2% Lidocaine Irrigation to Prevent Abdominal Surgical Site Infection


Surgical site infections (SSI) are the third most common nosocomial infection, increasing morbidity and mortality rates of patients as well as their costs of care, but longer-term follow up studies and data are limited. Lidocaine, in addition to being a readily available and accessible local anesthetic, is known to have bacteriostatic properties. A prospective, descriptive, controlled, randomized clinical trial was conducted among patients scheduled to undergo abdominal surgery in the general surgical unit of a Mexican hospital. The purpose of the study was to assess the incidence of SSIs in general and to compare the 30-day postoperative infection outcomes of saline irrigation to saline irrigation followed by 2% lidocaine application before skin closure in wounds grade II to IV per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surgical wound classification....

A Descriptive, Cross-sectional Study to Assess Quality of Life and Sexuality in Turkish Patients with a Colostomy


A stoma affects personality, self-esteem, and body image, inevitably impacting lifestyle and quality of life (QOL). A descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted between May 1, 2015 and May 1, 2016 to evaluate the effect of a stoma on sexual function and QOL among patients receiving care in a general surgery clinic of a university hospital in the western region of Turkey....

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Exercise Intervention for the Treatment of Calf Muscle Pump Impairment in Individuals with Chronic Venous Insufficiency


Exercise intervention for individuals with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and venous leg ulcers (VLUs) is recommended to improve function of the calf muscle pump (CMP). A systematic review with meta-analysis was conducted to measure the effects of exercise (including function of the CMP, ankle strength, range of motion [ROM], and healing rates) for VLUs. Four (4) databases (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Applied Health Literature, 1981; MEDLINE, 1964; Scopus, 1966; and EMBASE, 1947) were searched for relevant articles from the date of index inception to January 2016. All study types that evaluated the effect of exercise on the function of the CMP in patients with CVI were included; narrative and systematic studies were excluded....

From the Editor: Research… or Common Sense?

Despite the fact many authors address me as Doctor, I am neither physician nor professor....

My Scope of Practice: Relationships Affect Care

Donna Morrow, RN, WCC, DWC, OMS, knows building the provider-patient relationship is crucial to successful ostomy and wound management care plans....


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