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High Touch Care and Comprehensive Wound Management

March 31, 2016
By Paula Erwin-Toth MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS, FAAN My last blog discussed the need to be high touch in a high-tech environment. This generated a lot of discussion among readers. Everyone agreed 'high to...

How a Shortage in Certified Nurses is Creating Wound Care Deserts

February 18, 2016
By Diana L. Gallagher MS, RN, CWOCN, CFCN Last month, the news shared two important stories that were closely linked. Walmart announced the closing of 102 Walmart Express stores as part of their ov...

How Mental Illness Affects Wound Care and What Are the Solutions

May 13, 2022
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and with the staggering statistics of one in four adults living with mental illness, I immediately was motivated to write a personal blog. I previously shared my s...

How Scar Tissue Causes Pain and Tips for Management

April 28, 2021
I have again been inspired by my son to blog on a not so talked about topic, scar tissue pain. I have had patients through the years report scar pain, and I admit I did not know too much about it. I d...

How to Deliver Quality Care While Preserving Patient Privacy

May 7, 2015
By Margaret Heale, RN, MSc, CWOCN People can be open with few secrets and little to hide but even then there are behaviors, memories, hopes, fears and desires that are not revealed. We have a right...

How to Identify Bias in Wound Care Clinical Research

July 10, 2014
By Michel H.E. Hermans, MD Merriam Webster defines bias as "selecting or encouraging one outcome or answer over others." The Cochrane handbook states: "The reliability of the results of a randomize...

How to Improve Safety for Your Wound Care Patients

March 9, 2014
By Paula Erwin-Toth MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS I hope this missive finds all of you safe and warm. For many, this has been an exceptionally brutal winter. Blizzards, ice storms, avalanches and a drought. ...

How Wound Care Providers Will Continue to Change the World in 2014

December 31, 2013
By Paula Erwin-Toth MSN, RN, CWOCN, CNS As we say goodbye to 2013 and usher in 2014, most of us reflect on the past and plan for the future. What does 2014 mean when we look ahead to wound care? Th...

Legal Perils and Pitfalls of Wound Care – Tube Feed or Not Tube Feed. That Is the Question!

April 8, 2022
As detailed in my last few blogs, nutrition plays a huge role in risk for skin breakdown as well as healing of wounds. Just about ALL wound litigation involves nutrition in one way or another, be it d...

Managing Patient Populations and Health Equity

March 31, 2022
Complex wounds require increased attention, time, and resources to treat. Certain populations, including pediatric patients, immunocompromised patients, and older adults, are at higher risk of develop...
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