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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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April 2018 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 64 - Issue 4

A Retrospective Cohort Study to Determine Predictive Factors for Abdominal Wound Disruption Following Colorectal Surgery


Abdominal wound disruption (AWD) is a postoperative complication that increases length of hospital stay, mortality, and cost. A retrospective cohort study was conducted to identify predictors of AWD, defined in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program User Guide as a spontaneous reopening of a previously surgically closed (midline) wound that occurs within 30 days after index elective surgery in patients undergoing colorectal surgery....

Prevalence of Skin Tears in Elderly Patients: A Retrospective Chart Review of Incidence Reports in 6 Long-term Care Facilities


The incidence and prevalence of skin tears in long-term care (LTC) facilities has not been well established. To ascertain the point prevalence of reported skin tears, a retrospective review of incident reports was performed in 6 LTC facilities in western Pennsylvania from November 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016....

A Post-marketing Surveillance Study of Chronic Wounds Treated With a Native Collagen Calcium Alginate Dressing


Chronic wounds (ie, wounds that fail to progress through a normal, orderly, timely sequence of repair) continue to pose significant clinical and economic burdens. A prospective, descriptive, 3-week post-marketing surveillance study was conducted across 3 wound care centers in the United States to evaluate the effectiveness of a collagen calcium alginate dressing on chronic wounds in conjunction with standard care (SC) practices (eg, offloading, debridement, compression) to support healing....

A Rare Case of Cutaneous Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma Presenting as a Chronic “Infectious” Skin Ulcer


Cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) usually manifests as papules, nodules, or plaques. A rare case of a patient with a chronic skin ulcer and signs and symptoms of infection, including fever and large amounts of yellow wound exudate, is presented....

From the Editor: The Blues… or Something More?

Each year, I write the editorial for the issue of Ostomy Wound Management that goes to the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (see annual poem below)....

Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care’s First Annual Pressure Ulcer Summit

Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care’s First Annual Pressure Ulcer Summit
February 9–10, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia...

Pearls for Practice: Phlebolymphedema

Phlebolymphedema is a swelling of mixed etiology that occurs because the lymphatic system is unable to adequately drain the interstitial fluid that accumulates in severe chronic venous hypertension...

Wound Care in the First Person: Managing Pressure Injuries in Home Health Care

Chronic pressure injuries present a significant challenge in the home health care setting....

Reimbursement Round-up: Wound Care “Wins” in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

This occasional column is published to share important reimbursement updates with OWM readers....