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Global Guardian: Paul Dagher: Giving Back Where Most Needed

  Paul Dagher, MD grew up in Beirut, Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. He is no stranger to the desperate need for medical professionals in many areas around the world. When he left home at 18 years old to attend college in the United States, Dr. Dagher had hoped one day to return to his home country to set up a medical practice. But by the time he graduated from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), went to Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA) for his medical degree, and finished his general surgery residency program at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1998, the war was over in Lebanon and the need for medical professionals was greatly diminished. Instead, Dr. Dagher joined the Watauga Surgical Group (Boone, NC) and stayed in the US. Because the group encouraged short-term medical missions, Dr. Dagher was able to travel abroad to help those in need.

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CEO Spotlight: Gary Damkoehler of BioDerm Inc

OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO at BioDerm.
  I have more than 40 years experience in the medical industry. I am the former Chairman of the Board of JSA Healthcare Corporation (St. Petersburg, FL). After career success at USAID and Westinghouse's Health Systems Division, I joined the predecessor company to JSA in 1984. I founded JSA's Government Services division, which grew from $120,000 in sales in 1984 to $21.4 million in 1989, a growth record that placed the company on the Inc. 500 List. I became President of JSA in 1985 and Chairman of the Board in 1988. In 1992, JSA entered the managed care arena and grew from one medical clinic to 65 clinics, with revenues of $250 million in 2006. I received my bachelor's and master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Alabama. In 2006, I joined BioDerm's Board of Directors and in 2011 became Chief Executive Officer.

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CEO Spotlight: Laura M. Frazier of SNS Nanofiber Technology

OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that prepared you for your current position as Director of SNS Nanofiber Technology.
  I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Biology from Malone College in Canton, Ohio. I went on to receive my PhD in Chemistry from the University of Akron. I had the great fortune to be finishing up my PhD as plans for the company were coming to fruition. I had been working on electrospinning of polymers containing additives for my doctoral research and had even started working on scaling up the process in the lab, so I was uniquely qualified for the position at SNS. I also had previous experience managing people and working at a small business; although they were completely unrelated to the scientific field, I have found that I draw from a vast array of past experiences in my current position as Director for SNS.

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Practical Magic: Standardizing Ostomy Documentation Among WOC Nurses

By Christine Berke, MSN APRN-NP CWOCN ANP-BC; Nancy Hammeke Noda, BSN RN CWOCN; and Victoria Rabiola Thomas BSN RN CWOCN

Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE

Email: cberke@nebraskamed.com

  The advent of the electronic health record, the focus on systematic nursing documentation, and the need for efficient but thorough charting obligated our wound/ostomy department staff to begin a quality improvement project to develop a more efficient and consistent ostomy care documentation system at our acute care facility.

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Global Guardian: Michael Liske: Medical Teamwork Amid Turmoil

  Michael Liske, MD first went to Kenya in 2008 on what he called an “exploratory trip,” motivated mostly by a sense of adventure. While there, he became familiarized with the city of Tenwek. As the only visiting doctor in Kenya during this initial trip, Dr. Liske saw first-hand the desperate need for medical help as a result of a bloody crisis following the country’s elections. After falling asleep to the sound of gunshots as the country’s turmoil worsened, his motivation shifted. The focus of his second trip to Kenya wasn’t about adventure. It was “to help thy neighbor.”

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Notes on Practice: Thinking Out of the Box to Treat Challenging Ankle Wounds

By David Davidson, DPM, Erie County Medical Center, Center for Wound Care, Buffalo, NY. ddavidson@aapsm.org

  History. A 41-year-old man presented with chronic ulcerations (7-year duration) along the medial and lateral aspects of both ankles. His medical history included T10 paraplegia (15 years), anxiety, chronic ankle wound infections resulting in hospital admissions, depression, and multiple suicide attempts. His medications included Ditropan (Ortho-McNeil-Janssen-Pharmaceutical, Inc) 5 mg bid, Seroquel (Astra-Zeneca) 25 mg bid, Dulcolax (Boehringer Ingelheim), Trazadone 50 mg bid, magnesium, and multiple vitamins. He denied alcohol or recreational drug use; he was a former cigarette smoker. He had been in the care of his primary care doctor, orthopedic surgeons, and vascular surgeons for multiple (failed) skin grafts and multiple spinal surgeries and other conventional wound care, but the wounds never resolved. He lived alone and, despite his paralysis (he is wheelchair-bound), seemed reasonably self-sufficient.

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CEO Spotlight: Mark Ludwig of Joerns Healthcare

OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of Joerns Healthcare.
  With more than 20 years of medical device-related experience, I have had the opportunity to work for a broad set of high-tech companies on process and organizational improvement. I began my career as a systems engineer and account executive at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Plano, TX, where I led many key business initiatives for manufacturing companies across the country. After completing my Executive MBA in 1996 at the University of Pittsburgh, I transitioned from EDS to Sunrise Medical in Carlsbad, CA. Sunrise was an important EDS customer at the time, and I believed I could contribute more toward Sunrise’s goals as a direct member of their team. At Sunrise, I was fortunate to lead many different organizational functions. I leveraged that experience to take on the role as President and CEO of Joerns Healthcare in 2004. Our management team at Joerns felt strongly about the organization’s tremendous potential and that establishing Joerns as an independent company would enable us to realize our vision to redefine the environment in which care is delivered. In 2006, Joerns Healthcare became an independent company with the assets and capital needed to position the company for maximum success.

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CEO Spotlight: Laurie Swezey of WoundEducators.com

OWM: Please describe your education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of WoundEducators.com.   I have been a registered nurse for more than 25 years, most of those years dedicated to wound treatment. Throughout my career, I have seen that certified wound specialists can dramatically improve patient outcomes and significantly reduce the overall cost of care — a win-win situation for all. However, some years ago I identified a significant shortage of medical professionals specifically qualified in wound care, as well as very little access to available and affordable wound care education or certification programs. As a result, I shifted my focus from educating a few to facilitating wound certification nationwide by founding www.WoundEducators.com. My goal, and the mission of www.WoundEducators.com, is to revolutionize wound care by delivering convenient and affordable wound care education, facilitating wound care certification, and improving practitioner expertise and patient care.

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Notes on Practice: Keys to Understanding the Science of Compression Wrapping

  Compression therapy is a widely used treatment for various forms of edema. In an orthopedic setting, it is commonly used to limit postoperative edema and edema due to trauma. In wound care, compression therapy has many uses, including the management of complications associated with venous, lymphatic, and sickle cell disorders. When applied properly, compression wraps are instrumental to successful management of these conditions. When applied poorly, at best the condition does not improve and at worst the condition deteriorates or leads to iatrogenic complications.

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CEO Spotlight: Hoji Alimi of Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc

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OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc.   I have an undergraduate degree in biology. My training has been in microbiology and toxicology. I began my career at Arterial Vascular Engineering, a stent company, in 1995; at that time, the company was private and growing. The company completed its IPO in 1996 and was subsequently purchased by Medtronic in 1998. I served as a corporate microbiologist and managed some of their QA engineering functions in their Canadian operations as well.

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