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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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January, 2005 | Volume 51 - Issue 1

New Products and Industry News

New negative pressure wound technology released

    Vital Needs International (VNI, San Antonio, Tex.) announced the release of a wound care technology, “The Voyager,” that is designed to close wounds by supporting negative pressure therapy techniques related to plastic and reconstructive surgery....

Guest Editorial: The Wounds of War

    An article that recently appeared in Newsweek contained the following: “We can count the dead. We can see physical injuries. But in soldiers returning home, it’s hard to see the psychological damage among those who have witnessed the blood, heard the screaming, felt the shattering blast, and smelled the burning flesh....

My Scope of Practice: Resolution for All Year

    Resolution. Not the new year’s kind but rather the determination to achieve a goal despite the obstacles....

The Ostomy Files: The New Year Holds Great Promise for IBD Patients: The Research Review Act of 2004

    H .R. 5213, The Research Review Act,1 was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives on October 7, 2004 and unanimously by the Senate on November 16, 2004 during the 108th Congress. It was sent to President Bush for his signature on November 20, 2004....

Addressing the Pain: Local Approaches to the Pain of Pressure Ulcers

    Pressure ulcers may not need continuous analgesia. Pain relief may be more appropriate at certain times, such as before dressing changes, when patients may anticipate pain similar to what has been previously experienced. Thinking “local” rather than systemic may be of benefit in many cases....

Revised Guidance to Surveyors for Pressure Ulcers Effective End of 2004

    The new year begins with long-term care providers clambering to understand the long-awaited revision to the Guidance for Surveyors and Investigative Protocol: Pressure Ulcers for Tag F-314 that became effective on November 12, 2004....

Criteria for Identifying Wound Infection — Revisited

   This article first appeared in the British Journal of Community Nursing. 2004;9(3 Suppl);S6–S16....

The Effects of Salt Concentration and Growth Phase on MRSA Solar and Germicidal Ultraviolet Radiation Resistance

    Antimicrobial drugs are used continuously and extensively all over the world. While much of their use is warranted, considerable employment of these agents is inappropriate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates in the US that many prescriptions are unnecessary: 30% are prescribed for ear infections, 50% for sore throats, and the majority for the common cold.1 Drugs are overused in animal and poultry feed and also greatly misused in over-the-counter sales in much of the world. All of this contributes greatly to the development of drug resistance. One organism that is becoming an increasing problem worldwide is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).2...