Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Silver is still confusing

    Dear Editor,
    Despite the title, the article Brett DW, A discussion of silver as an antimicrobial agent: alleviating the confusion (Ostomy Wound Manage. 2006;52[1]:34–41) only added to the confusion....

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Dear Editor,

    In the article on the use of Hydrovase (Swiss-American Products, Inc., Dallas, Tex.) (Parnell LKS, Ciufi B, Gokoo CF. Preliminary use of a hydrogel containing enzymes in the treatment of Stage II and Stage III pressure ulcers. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2005;51(8):50-61), the authors noted that the blend of natural enzymes in Hydrovase enhance wound healing, distinguishing them from enzymes used for enzymatic debridement....

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Dear Editor,

    I was a bit puzzled when I read the article: Pressure ulcer prevention and care: implementing the revised guidance to surveyors for long-term care facilities (Ostomy Wound Manage. 2005;51[4suppl]:7S–19S)....

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Dear Editor,

    The paper by Anderson and Rappl (Lateral rotation mattresses for wound healing. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2004;50(4):50-62) that describes the effect of a rotating surface on pressure ulcer healing is particularly important in light of the mounting evidence that pressure ulcers occur because immobile patients are not repositioned, not because of comorbidities such as anemia, cardiovascular disease, renal failure and diabetes.1...

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Disclosure concern

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

    The particularly apt title of the June editorial - "The Perfect Storm" (Ostomy/Wound Management. 2004;50(6):6-8) - is most definitely not hyperbole. As a country, we will have to make a clear and decisive choice within the next few years regarding whether healthcare is a right or a privilege....

Letters to the Editor: Balancing the Scales while "Making a Difference"

Dear Editor,

   Regarding "Small Details Make A Difference: Tail Closures" (Ostomy/Wound Management. 2004;50[1]:12), the article criticized Velcro® because it catches on clothing, tends to become soiled, and is difficult to clean. In our worldwide experience with EasiClose (Coloplast Corporation, Marietta, Ga.), this has not been the case. Since 2000 when our company launched the original clampless pouch, thousands of users have reported extremely positive experiences. Moreover, we have clinical data showing more than 80% of users preferred our product's type of outlet to traditional drainable pouch closures.* If Velcro were as problematic as the author suggests, this would not be the case....

Letters to the Editor: Polishing the Information on Silver

Dear Editor,
   In the interest of upholding Ostomy/Wound Management's goal to provide accurate, balanced continuing medical education, we respectfully request clarifications regarding the article by Dr. Burrell (A scientific perspective on the use of topical silver preparations. In: Bacteria + Pressure Ulcers: The Role of Silver versus Traditional Antimicrobials. Ostomy/Wound Management. 2003;49[5A supp]:19-24) and suggest that the author's past and present affiliations with commercially involved organizations be properly disclosed. We believe the article shows bias toward nanocrystalline technology and does not address topical silver preparations objectively....

Letter to the Editor: Reconsidering the 10(5) Rule

Dear Editor,
   Regarding the article, “The 105 Bacterial Growth Guideline: Reassessing its Clinical Relevance in Wound Healing” (Ostomy/Wound Management. 2003;49[1]:44–53), the interrelationships among micro-organisms and host resistance are well-known and accepted, and the author correctly notes the need to understand these relationships in comprehending the complexities of soft tissue infections. However, his perusal of selected articles on quantitative bacteriology and its usefulness leaves the reader with several injudicious conclusions....