Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

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San Antonio, TX – March 31, 2017 – Acelity, a global advanced wound care company, recently announced the global launch of the V.A.C. VERAFLO CLEANSE CHOICE™ Dressing, providing clinicians with a novel, adjunctive non-surgical option that may help clean large complex wounds when complete surgical debridement is not possible or appropriate.

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total knee replacement surgical wound healing

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

If you read my last blog on therapeutic interventions to stimulate wound healing, then you may recall the asset that a lymphedema trained therapist can be to your wound care department. A recent patient at the inpatient rehab facility where I am currently the Wound Care Coordinator illustrates this wonderfully.

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comparative research on NPWT devices

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

Recently, we've reviewed application and documentation strategies for NPWT, but what about navigating the different systems currently on the market? We know all devices have the mechanism of negative pressure in common, but what other characteristics need to be considered when selecting the right device for your patient? In this installment, we will become better acquainted with the characteristics of NPWT devices and how they differ for various systems.

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documenting negative pressure wound therapy

In my previous blog installment, we touched on some foundational elements of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT). So, now that we are armed with the basics of application, we need to talk about how to document it! It would seem logical to simply 'write down what was done'. But, in learning the particulars of application, we discover the colossal importance of what may be considered minutia.

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wound care journal club

Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Journal Review Club
Editor's note: This post is part of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) journal review club blog series. In each blog post, a TUSPM student will review a journal article relevant to wound management and related topics and provide their evaluation of the clinical research therein.

This article published in 2016 in the official journal of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care by John Crew, MD and associates describes the treatment of Necrotizing Fasciitis.

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Advancing wound care skills in applying NPWT

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

When I was just starting out in wound care, the truth was I really did not have the first clue about how to apply the NPWT dressing system. Foam, gauze, skin prep, drape, tubing, all the buttons on the unit, the different pressure settings; it was so intimidating, which was massively discouraging for me to initiate the learning process.

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NPWT affixed to a lower extremity wound

by Bruce E. Ruben MD

Little has been shown by specific randomized controlled trials to effectively speed the healing of a non-healing wound. Biologically, the human body is capable of healing once constitutional barriers are relieved. These barriers include venous and arterial insufficiency, nutritional deficiency, deep-seated infection, and environmental barriers such as repetitive trauma.

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Wound Care Case Study

This is the account of a patient case in which technology, clinician experience, and patient adherence converged to save a limb.

In August of 2013, a 59 year old female with noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, severe peripheral artery disease, a history of tobacco abuse and a recent right transmetatarsal amputation (TMA) was referred to our hospital-based outpatient department by her home health nurse. Her surgery was one month prior to presentation. During her intake visit with the foot and ankle surgeon, she recounted her post-surgical instructions to include "wash incision once daily with betadine." The home health nurse had referred her back to the surgeon's office with concerns that the surgical incision was not approximating beneath the staples and wound closure strips. At that time, the surgeon removed all closure devices, leaving the wound open. He did not change the patient's care regimen.

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Pain

by Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC, CWS, CWCN, CFCN

You've been asked to evaluate a patient for negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT). It turns out they're a perfect candidate, so you start the process to have the unit placed immediately! The order is entered into the EHR for the recommended settings, and the initial dressing application is scheduled.

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Fairground

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

My approach to long-term care education has always been to have fun and leave a lasting impression so that my audience will learn. Anyone that has been to one of my skin and wound care classes will validate this (*wink wink*).

When it comes time to prepare annual skill competencies, it is my favorite time to have a skin and wound care carnival! I would like to share a few ideas for promoting not only pressure ulcer prevention and awareness, but to check off your nursing staff on skills. It can be a challenge getting employees motivated.

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