Education

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by Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

Food is a major part of our lives with strong emotional and symbolic implications that encompasses nurturing, cultural, religion, tradition and social values. Nutrition and hydration has an effective role in healing wounds, but cannot prevent an individual with co-morbid conditions at the end of life from suffering or imminent death. This concept is often difficult to explain to the individual and especially to the caregivers who view nutrition and hydration as essential for life.

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Part 1 in a series examining the reduction of facility costs and the continuation of quality care

by Sue Hull MSN, RN, CWOCN

Remember W. Edwards Deming? We all learned about him in business management, right? He taught and demonstrated that systematic approaches were necessary to improve quality and control costs. Maybe I’m the only one, but I couldn’t really grasp how that principle could be applied to wound care.

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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.

I have been monitoring some web-based communities that are composed of clinicians, sales representatives, and consumers. I think that the consumer’s need and right to know is not only growing, but necessary for them in order to become self-advocates for quality healthcare.

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by Kathi Thimsen RN, MSN, WOCN

In follow up to comments and additional considerations of products, ingredients, and clinical practice, it is important to discuss several aspects of the topic. This blog has served thus far as a primer for the evolution of products both on the market today and currently under development.

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by Aletha Tippett MD

A Different Mindset

The traditional goal of wound care is to heal or prepare for surgical closure, but techniques and procedures used to “heal” a wound can be painful or uncomfortable and very costly. It is inappropriate to ignore wounds or declare them untreatable in patients at the end of life even though that patient’s lifespan may not allow cure. Palliative wound care requires a different mindset than traditional wound care, yet is based on the same fundamental scientific principles.

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