Wound Care 101

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Arterial Wounds

by Martin D. Vera LVN, CWS

As we move forward in our continuation of lower extremity wounds, we will now turn our attention to arterial wounds. In my previous post, we discussed challenges with venous leg ulcers. Lower extremity wounds continue to challenge clinicians on a daily basis. We often refer to them as "the big three" – or how I like to refer to them, "the pesky triplets." It doesn't matter what we call them, we know we are referring to venous leg ulcers, arterial ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers. In no way shape or manner will we disregard the many other types of lower extremity wounds we may encounter as wound clinicians, but these three are the most common and often present with treatment challenges.

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questions in wound care

On April 26, 2017, I presented a webinar on WoundSource.com on the topic of Moisture-Associated Skin Damage (MASD). Afterwards, there was a Q&A session with the participants of the webinar. This is a selection of some of those questions and their answers.

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patient interview questions

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

I was recently listening to one of my favorite news sources, NPR, enjoying an interview with James E. Ryan, the author of "Wait, What? - and Life's Other Essential Questions". The premise was that asking the right questions can lead to a happier and more successful life. A physician called in to relate that this was something he had been doing in his medical practice. I couldn't have agreed more – the questions I ask my patients (and then listening to their answers) can go a long way toward making an intervention in their health care more successful.

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venous assessment

by Martin D. Vera, LVN, CWS

Wound clinicians across the nation (and the world) are commonly faced with the difficult task of managing lower extremity wounds. Lower extremity wounds come in many different forms. We are not faced with a generic type, but several—in fact, we never know what we'll be presented with day-to-day.

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personalized medicine

Margaret Heale, RN, MSc, CWOCN

"Personalized medicine" is apparently a new concept that has evolved from taking good family histories, then adding a genetic testing component. The idea is to help assess the risk of specific traits that may be evident, and confirm with genetic testing so patients can make lifestyle changes that reduce risk. It has attracted a huge amount of attention over the past few years.

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the-continuum-of-wound-care

By Terri Kolenich, RN, CWCA, AAPWCA

Have you ever confronted yourself with thoughts on how your role plays into the grand scheme of wound care? I am sure any wound nurse or physician would quickly answer “of course!” – since the role of a direct caregiver is so glaringly obvious. What about behind-the-scenes people contributing to the care of the wounded patient? In wound care, we are all parts of a continuum of care, serving one greater purpose: healing the wounded patient.

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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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Managing shear and pressure in preventing pressure injuries

by Cheryl Carver LPN, WCC, CWCA, CWCP, FACCWS, DAPWCA, CLTC

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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signs of wound infection

by the WoundSource Editors

A break in the skin through injury or surgery allows bacteria to enter the body and begin to multiply. Recognizing the first signs of wound infection enables health care professionals to swiftly intervene with treatment. Here are some of the primary signs of wound infection:

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anatomy of the skin, the body's largest organ

by Martin D. Vera, LVN, CWS

On our last encounter we discussed wound bed preparation and the TIME framework. What I wish to accomplish with this post is to make it easier to understand the skin, the changes it undergoes as we age, and pave the way for the phases of wound healing—all of which are essential in becoming a better clinician.