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wound healing

by Martin D. Vera, LVN, CWS

It is simply mind blowing how meticulous and intricate our bodies were created and how it responds through adversity and of course, simple wear and tear. When our body experiences injury and our skin gets altered or wounded, it starts a cascade of events within the body that masterfully react to the situation at hand and takes care of the damage, allowing the healing process begins

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Jeffrey M. Levine's picture
medical community discussion

by Jeffrey M. Levine MD, AGSF, CWS-P

The phenomena of terminal skin injury and skin failure is fraught with challenges of terminology which is often confusing, and experts do not always agree on diagnostic criteria and classification.

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Mary Ellen Posthauer's picture
Nutrition and medicine

by Mary Ellen Posthauer, RDN, CD, LD, FAND

The World Union Wound Healing Society (WUWHS) held their 2016 meeting in historic Florence, Italy in September. The initial meeting of the WUWHS was held in Australia in 2000 and is convened every four years. I have had the unique opportunity to present in Paris, Toronto, Yokohama and this year in Florence on the topic of nutrition and wound healing.

Cheryl Carver's picture
Managing shear and pressure in preventing pressure injuries


Let us start off this post with a typical scenario. You walk into any facility or institution and you see a patient slouched in their wheelchair, with no wheelchair cushion. You notice part of their brief hanging out of the top of their pants, so you assume the patient may be incontinent. So let’s think about this for a minute. We most likely have friction, shear, and moisture going on with this patient

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wound care terminology

by Margaret Heale, RN, MSc, CWOCN

I have a few things to draw to your attention from this year's New England WOCN Society regional conference where several impressive items were discussed relating to the topic of pressure injuries. In listening to Dr. Joyce Black give a little background on the NPUAP rationale for the recent changes made to pressure injury staging, it was clear that much thought had gone into changing the term "pressure ulcer" to "pressure injury".

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wound infection treatment using alternative modalities

by Janet Wolfson, PT, CLWT, CWS, CLT-LANA

As I was commuting in to work a few Saturdays ago, I listened to The People’s Pharmacy on NPR. The topic was non-pharmacological treatment of infection, so being a wound care professional, I immediately started thinking of the ways I treat wound infections. In addition to oral, topical or IV antibiotics, as a PT there are modalities available to me to treat wound infections.

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nursing issues and being a family caregiver

by Paula Erwin-Toth MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS, FAAN

November marks the beginning of National Family Caregiver Month. Many of us are not only health care providers, but we are also family caregiver; some of us are part of the so-called sandwich generation. Caring for aging parents along with raising children can leave you feeling squeezed in the middle.

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World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day

by Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has designated November 17, 2016 as World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day and is urging states to join the effort and raise awareness about the need to prevent pressure injuries. As of October 1st, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, and the District of Columbia have issued State Proclamations for Pressure Injury Prevention Awareness Day.

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long-term care facility pressure injury staging at admission

by Terri Kolenich, RN, CWCA, AAPWCA

Question: What are Quality Measures, how does my long-term care facility measure up, and how can we improve?

Answer: Proper pressure injury staging on admission, that's how!

Jeffrey M. Levine's picture
documentation of pressure injury never event

by Jeffrey M. Levine MD, AGSF, CWS-P

The term "never event" is commonly applied to pressure injuries, perpetuating the impression that they are always associated with medical error. The reality is that the preventability of all pressure related wounds has never been proven, and most authorities agree they can occur even in the best of circumstances. As such, the term "never event" lends this outcome an emotional charge that can lead to misplaced patient dissatisfaction and unnecessary accusations of wrongdoing or poor quality care.

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