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by Kathi Thimsen RN, MSN, WOCN

Looking for a moisturizer? Look no further than the faucet! Did you know that water is the ONLY moisturizing ingredient? It’s true. All of the other ingredients in popular skin and wound care moisturizers are simply to keep the water where we want it to be on our patient’s skin.

When selecting a moisturizing product for a patient’s condition, check the ingredients for agents that serve as humectants. This type of ingredient attracts, holds, and binds moisture to the skin.

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Reviewed by
Dr. Diane L. Krasner
PhD RN CWCN CWS MAPWCA FAAN

Originally published in World Wide Wounds (http://www.worldwidewounds.com/Common/Reviews.html). Used with permission.

Dr. Stephen Thomas has given a gift to the wound care community. This is a tome that every serious wound care clinician should have on his/her reference shelf.

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by Aletha Tippett, MD

In my work as a wound physician, most of the patients I treat have diabetes because of this, much of my time is spent working with these patients to manage their diabetes.

The problems that results from their condition include: diabetic neuropathy that is often severe enough to cause limb loss, wounds, obesity, renal failure, vision loss, plus the expense of medications and the intrusion on their lives to manage diet and lifestyle.

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by Kathi Thimsen RN, MSN, WOCN

Cleansers for skin and wound care have always been a topic of much discussion. How and why do we use skin cleansers? What are the differences between skin cleansers and soap? Can you use a skin cleanser in a wound? Why not? What should you use for wound cleansing?

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by Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, FACCWS

Making decisions in today’s wound care world must take several entities into account. The patient/client and the practitioner must work together to decide on a dressing protocol that meets the needs of both. Additionally, the needs of the practitioner’s employer, whether home care agency, hospital, or other facility, must also be considered (i.e. cost). Appropriate wound care product use must maintain a balance, satisfying the demands of all three entities.

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by Kathi Thimsen RN, MSN, WOCN

Over The Counter (OTC) Drug Labels

Understanding how to read the label of an over the counter (OTC) drug is essential for safe and effective use. Many skin and wound care products are FDA approved by compliance to a specific monograph relating to a particular product type.

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