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Pierre Guyot of Mölnlycke Health Care

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OWM: Please describe your education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of Mölnlycke Health Care.   I have been working in the medical healthcare industry for more than 25 years. After obtaining an MBA, I knew healthcare was the direction I wanted to pursue. I felt there was no better place to be to get personal fulfillment, sense of purpose, and the satisfaction of helping people improve their quality of life. After all these years, I still have the same motivation and satisfaction.

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Managing Diabetic Foot Ulcers Using Chinese Medicine

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Chinese medicine (CM) has been used in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years and has proven effective in the treatment of many chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). This article describes the literature addressing DFU and discusses a comprehensive approach for treating DFU with CM. Many of the substances mentioned are not common in Western medicine; they are presented to underscore the training and skill necessary to utilize an alternative/holistic approach to DFU care.

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What Lies Beneath the Surface…

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Clinicians who specialize in wound care may be encountering an invisible army of chemicals that may contribute to the already challenging micro-environment of wound care. The most recent and seemingly little-recognized factor is the surface on which the patient is placed, the single contact point to which the wound and caregiver are routinely exposed. Although many studies have reviewed the efficacy of surface therapies such as low air loss and more, few consider the content of the surface fabric and what chemicals may be emitted through micro-abrasion or prolonged exposure.

Alternative Negative Pressure Dressing Sealing Trick

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An easy way to seal a negative pressure wound dressing on a sacral wound (or any place that has a very irregular surface) is to take a flat barrier ring used as an alternative to stoma paste for ostomy appliances, and cut 1/3 to 1/2 off the bottom to make a “smile.” Apply skin prep to the entire periwound. Place the smile-shaped barrier (the piece of flat barrier ring) and while it is tacky, but not wet, press it into the skin prep at the most distal part of the sacral wound between the cheeks. Then apply a bit more skin prep to the top of the ring and wait until it is tacky.

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Tom Cycyota of AlloSource

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OWM: Mr. Cycyota, please describe your education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of AlloSource.

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The Patient Advocate

One of the most important roles that a CWOCN plays is that of patient advocate. Recently my team and I were able to improve the quality of life of a patient by appropriately treating a 10-year-old vascular ulcer. The key to this success was a little pushback on the doctor that was convinced this wound would never heal.

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Otoscopes for Evaluation

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Use an otoscope to help visualize the wound bed. The device, commonly available in a wall-mounted unit in most offices, will magnify the wound bed. Pocket otoscopes are also available and are useful to evaluate wounds in the acute care, home health, or long-term care settings where lighting maybe inadequate. Having disposable tips of various sizes assists the clinician in assessing the base of conical-shaped wounds or areas that are healing into “anatomical dimple.” 

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Three Tips for Ostomy Care

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  When patients wish to wear an ostomy pouch or wafer while showering, we encourage them to use “Press and Seal” plastic wrap, available in any grocery store to keep the shower water off the appliance. If the wafer is the only portion that is left on the skin, the plastic wrap can be removed so the effluent drains away. — Mary Ann Mullaney, WCN, MS, CGNP, RN

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African American dieters watch their weight for general wellness—not to lose pounds

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  Whether it's a suggestion from a physician or an overall need to slim down, almost everyone experiences the desire to exercise more or eat healthier at some point in their lives. According to the latest research from Mintel, more African American adults who are watching their diet are doing so for health reasons and not in efforts to lose weight. In fact, 56% of African American adults are dieting to lose weight, compared to 63% of White adults, 57% of Asian adults, and 54% of Hispanic adults.

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Program aims to help millions of women begin the conversation about personal health topics with their doctors

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  Women go through various changes throughout life, many of which affect their bodies and their personal health, which they openly discuss with their doctors like pregnancy and menopause. However, one very common and natural change that millions of women experience but very few talk about is bladder weakness. To help spark the conversation, SCA, the maker of bladder protection products and services under the global-leading TENA® brand, recently launched the TENA Conversation Couch program to encourage women to take control of their health by sitting down and opening up.

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