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Skin moisture

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

Bariatric patients present a special challenge in terms of skin care and prevention of pressure ulcers. Once damage to the skin occurs, bariatric patients heal more slowly due to decreased vascularity of the skin and reduced perfusion of adipose tissue. Bariatric patients are at high risk for acute wounds, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, non-healing surgical wounds and diabetic wounds of the foot.

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phases of wound healing

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

Do you understand the difference between acute and chronic wounds? If you answered that acute wounds are wounds that have been present for a shorter duration of time, you are correct--but there are many other differences in acute and chronic wounds that are not as obvious and must be taken into account when planning care.

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

There are many benefits to taking an online course to prepare yourself to write a wound care certification exam. The following outlines some of these benefits:

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

You've learned all you can about wound care. Perhaps you've been working in wound care for a while and have decided that you would like to pursue wound care certification to showcase your knowledge and give you a leg up at work (and perhaps a nice raise!). Here's how to go about preparing for the wound care certification exam.

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

This article is designed to provide a review of cellulitis, an infection affecting the skin which can be life-threatening if not treated.

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

There is more to wound care diagnostics than swabbing a wound to determine whether infection is present. Advances in science and knowledge in wound care have led to new ways of assessing wound healing.

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

Wound irrigation, when performed properly, can enhance wound healing. It is not as simple as pouring normal saline over a wound prior to dressing it – it must be performed properly in order to get the most out of this frequently misunderstood intervention.

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

Staying up-to-date with the latest in wound care can be challenging, given that there are new treatments being developed, research being reviewed, updates to guidelines and recommendations being published as well as new products coming out at a dizzying pace. How does today’s wound care professional stay abreast of the latest trends and news? In this segment, we'll look at some of the best resources available, whether you are new to wound care or a "lifer."

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Tunneling Wound

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

As part of a thorough wound assessment, in addition to noting location and measuring size, the entire wound bed should be probed for the presence of tunneling and/or undermining. If you are unsure what tunneling and undermining are and how to recognize these phenomena, here's an explanation of these terms and how to assess wounds for their presence.

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

Wound care diagnostics includes examination of wounds for the purpose of wound classification. Why does it matter? It matters because treatment varies greatly depending on the type of wound. For example, venous insufficiency ulcers are treated differently than arterial insufficiency ulcers. Failing to differentiate between these wounds could mean the loss of a limb. Let’s take a look at some of the commonly used diagnostics in wound care.

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