This Year in Wound Care: A Look at the 2018 Edition of WoundSource
by Miranda J. Henry, Editorial Director
It's been over two decades since WoundSource first landed in the hands of clinicians practicing wound care. While patient outcomes remain the primary objective in managing wounds, health care providers have so many more ways to support healing. I'm talking about improved assessment and documentation systems, more complementary modalities to jumpstart complex chronic wounds, and more (and better) modes of supporting patient compliance and staff protocol.
In the 2018 edition of WoundSource, available in both print and digital format, you will find more diagnostic systems, compression innovations, biophysical agents, wound assessment and documentation platforms, and advanced wound dressing technologies. This product reference guide represents an evolving market of devices and products designed to help you help your patients.
Product Categories in WoundSource 2018
We have introduced a therapeutic category this edition to include the recent FDA de novo approved shockwave therapy system now available in the United States (see page 55).
New product additions are also included in the Oxygen Therapy categories, representing a growing area of adjunctive therapies (page 54).
Look for enhanced features and category refinement throughout the Compression section of WoundSource 2018 (starting on page 63). We worked with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians to help us improve the usefulness of this section for users as the number of products available on the market and key prescribers of compression therapy in wound management continue to grow.
Advanced technologies for exudate management, infection prevention, and preventive designs are all represented in the Dressings section of WoundSource, starting on page 74.
Prevention: Pressure Assessment & Patient Monitoring
Preventive solutions are another market area witnessing growth. Visit page 145 to view the latest pressure mapping and assessment tools. You may also be interested in checking out the number of monitoring systems now available, including patient positioning monitoring and detection technologies to support prevention programs in your facility.
Beyond WoundSource 2018
You will also find more on WoundSource.com. If you don't have your hardcopy of WoundSource with you, visit our mobile-optimized site on your smartphone or tablet for quick comparative product searches on-the-go and expanded product information.
Our library of resources has grown significantly over the past 12 months. If you haven't had a chance to experience one of our monthly Practice Accelerator Series programs, be sure to sign up to receive updates at woundsource.com/practice-accelerator. Each month provides on-demand access to free educational resources on a focal issue in wound management, including webinars, featured topic articles, and downloadable quick-reference guides and white papers for use in your practice.
And while you're on the site, be sure to read the latest articles from the popular WoundSource blog and clinical research in the WoundSource Online Poster Hall; we're adding new posters and articles daily.
WoundSource and its digital companion resources are developed with you—the user—in mind. Whether you're new to wound care or you've been using WoundSource for the past 20 years, I want to thank you for your readership, which is a driving force in sustaining our mission of providing the most comprehensive wound care and product reference guide available to support clinical decisions. Look for even more announcements from WoundSource in the months 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.