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By Aletha Tippett, MD

This is a statement the cardiologist made to my patient the other day. My patient is a diabetic man with severe neuropathy, resulting in pain and numbness in his feet, as well as difficulty walking. He also has a serious cardiac history with multiple myocardial infarctions. When he first came to me he was, of course, on a statin medication for his heart. One of my tenets for treating neuropathy is to stop statin treatment because it can increase neuropathy 26 fold (1).

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By Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS

Whirlpool therapy, or hydrotherapy, is one of the oldest adjuvant forms of treatment for wounds still in use today. It was originally used in pain management, but later found a use in wound management, particularly in the management of burn patients.

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By Glenda Motta RN, MPH

Most individuals with chronic conditions would much prefer to remain at home in familiar surroundings than be relocated to a nursing care facility. Yet, the largest expenditures under state Medicaid programs involve providing institutional care for the chronic, long-term care population.

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By Michael Miller DO, FACOS, FAPWCA

RAMBLINGS OF AN ITINERANT WOUND CARE GUY, PT. 7

I know we all look forward to the New Year as one of promise, self-evaluation, and a new vision for brotherhood among men. In that spirit, as this is the first of my “ramblings” for 2012, I want to take the time to offer my heartfelt wishes for each of you that read my blog to have a horrifically catastrophic and agonizing condition, something equivalent to what is felt when discovering the first scratch on your new car.

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By Kathi Thimsen RN, MSN, WOCN

The responses that I have been getting from the blogs are terrific! It is wonderful to know that clinicians are interested, questioning, and wanting to know what is in products. So, now in 2012, we continue this blog with the topic of products and practice.

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By Karen Zulkowski DNS, RN, CWS

Part 4 in a series discussing the process of litigation in patient care lawsuits

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By Aletha Tippett MD

Biotherapy is the use of living creatures for the diagnosis or treatment of a human ailment. Creatures most commonly used include service animals (such as guide dogs or therapeutic horses), fly larvae (maggots), leeches, honey bees, and even viruses (phages). How does this relate to us in the wound care community?

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By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

In addition to providing calories and protein to promote wound healing, fluid intake is equally important. Achieving hydration needs and preventing dehydration, a risk factor for pressure ulcer development due to its effect on blood volume and skin turgor, is vital.

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By Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS

During our training, we are all taught about the three phases of normal wound healing: inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. This is a relatively well-understood area of wound management, and one that is predictable and consistent. Sadly, in wound management as in life, nothing is ever quite that simple. A number of wounds appear to deviate from this well-organized process, and go on to present major healing difficulties.

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By Michael Miller DO, FACOS, FAPWCA

RAMBLINGS OF AN ITINERANT WOUND CARE GUY PT. 6

“IMPOSSIBLE, for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage… But the world is full of zanies and fools, who don’t believe in sensible rules, and who won’t believe what sensible people say. And because these daft and dewy-eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes, impossible, things are happening every day” (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella).

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