By Miranda J. Henry, Editorial Director of WoundSource
This updated edition of WoundSource provides a glimpse of the continuing evolution of the field of wound care. There are several additions this year that reflect the innovation and ingenuity we are seeing in wound management.
This Year in WoundSource
Autologous Delivery Technology
By using a full-thickness skin graft and/or blood-derived growth factors from the patient, clinicians are able to produce an autologous homologous therapy for the treatment of chronic, surgical and traumatic wounds at the point of care. Skin harvesting devices can also be accessed in this newly expanded section of the product reference guide.
Cellular and/or Tissue-Based Products
We continue to see new technologies become available under the cellular and/or tissue-based products (CTPs) category. We have separated these products by composition into several key subcategories; within each section we have refined the comparative features to further describe and distinguish the unique properties and indications for these CTP treatments options.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has been a mainstay in advanced wound care for many years. With a myriad of dressing interfaces to choose from, we are now seeing system components and draping technologies in the NPWT Kits & Components section become more numerous.
Total Contact Casting Systems
An important component of neuropathic ulcer management is offloading intervention. New innovations in total contact casting (TCC) bring new features for clinicians to choose from in selecting offloading systems for patients. The TCC section now has expanded comparative features and TCC system options.
Understanding the formulation of the products used on our patients’ vulnerable skin is essential to delivering appropriate and effective preventive care. Updates have been made throughout the Skin Care section of WoundSource to provide users with essential comparative information about what is inside these clinically used skin care products.
New Patient Conditions
In an effort to meet the growing needs of clinicians, the Patient Condition index now features two new categories: Pediatric Patients and Scar Management. Look for article content on these and other related Patient Condition topics on WoundSource.com.
Explore WoundSource.com for our expanded product reference directory, as well as the latest webinars, featured articles and white papers and Practice Accelerator programs. You can also access the digital edition of WoundSource 2019 on your tablet or smartphone for quick product searches while on rounds or at the bedside.
This edition marks our 22nd year of producing WoundSource. These pages in this publication contain the cumulative work of hundreds of contributors, as well as hundreds of hours of creation by our dedicated staff. Thank you for your readership of WoundSource and for helping us put our education into practice—we look forward to further exploring the evolution of wound care for you in the months and years to come.
About the Author
Miranda Henry is the Editorial Director of WoundSource.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource™, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.