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By Keval Parikh and James McGuire DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc

There are many different kinds of >wound dressings available. Choosing one to use depends on the unique characteristics of the wound. According to Watson and Hodgkin, the ideal wound dressing should exhibit a number of characteristics by providing the following: moisture and exudate management, prevention of saturation and strikethrough, diffusion of wound gases, microorganism protection, mechanical protection; localized temperature and pH control; removal/change comfort; wound odor management; cosmetic acceptability; non-allergenic composition; non-contamination of the wound bed; and cost-effectiveness.

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By Peter Smith and James McGuire DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc

Marathon® Liquid Skin Protectant by Medline Industries, Inc. is a versatile non-stinging barrier film that provides protection for at-risk skin or damaged skin. Marathon® comes in single use applicator tubes that have a built-in sponge tip. Each tube contains enough liquid skin protectant to cover an area of 10cm. The barrier film created is breathable, flexible and durable relative to other liquid skin products.

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By Michel H.E. Hermans, MD

We, the wound care community, are doing it wrong! We are using FDA approved, expensive diagnostics and treatments while the solution for your diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, full-thickness burns and keloid scars are on the web and cost peanuts in comparison to a visit to your doctor.

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By Chinenye Queen Ezike and James McGuire DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc

Venous Leg Ulcers (VLUs) are the most common cause of lower extremity ulcerations, affecting about 1% of the US population. Recurrence rates for VLUs are also extremely high and ulcers can remain for weeks to years, even with appropriate treatment. More often than not, however, they are treated with inadequate compression and are complicated by poor patient compliance.

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By Carmelita Harbeson and James McGuire DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc

Hemostasis, the resolution of bleeding, consists of several intricate and controlled steps: platelet activation, coagulation, and vascular repair. Whether bleeding is caused by surgery, trauma, or wound debridement, hemostatic control is something we face daily, and luckily there are many products available to assist in this process. This blog describes one tool in our arsenal, WoundSeal® MD, a hemostatic powder and wound sealant.

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By Aletha Tippett MD

What is Bag Balm® and why is it the subject of a wound care blog? Bag Balm is over 100 years old, invented in 1899 to treat chapped and irritated cows' udders and teats. Of course, the Bag Balm was applied by hand to the cows' udder and teats and farmers noticed that not only were there cows doing better with healthy udders and teats, their hands were better—not chapped or reddened, not as sore, and much softer. Their calluses were reduced, too. Because of this, Bag Balm became indispensable to the farmers and virtually every farm kitchen had a green can of Bag Balm.

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By Bradley W. Lind and James McGuire DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc

Venous leg ulcers are a type of lower extremity wound complicated by excess fluid production, periwound edema, and high bioload produced by venous insufficiency often leading to secondary lymphedema. The Coban™ 2 Layer Compression Therapy System, created by 3M Health Care, was designed to achieve sustained therapeutic compression, while improving the ease of application, and reducing slippage of the dressing during wear. The reduction in layers of the dressing also allows the patient to wear their own footwear and avoid the purchase of a surgical shoe.

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By Sejal Bhojani and James McGuire DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc

RTD® (Retro-Tech Dressing) is a foam wound dressing that has been designed to promote healing in chronic wounds by utilizing silver ion (Ag+), gentian violet (GV), and methylene blue (MB). Ag+ ions kill bacteria in the wound fluid absorbed by the dressing. GV works as an antifungal, antimicrobial, and mild analgesic, and MB, which is strongly bound to the foam matrix, has an affinity for negatively charged proteins found in the components of exudate.

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By Elliot Fialkoff and James McGuire DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc

Ulcers, wounds, and burns come in many different shapes and sizes based in part on their etiology, which also varies dramatically. As many different etiologies as there are for various dermatological insults, there is an even greater number of dressings and treatment options available. DuoDERM® Hydrocolloid is an occlusive gel dressing that helps maintain a moist wound bed. According to the ConvaTec website (the maker of DuoDERM®), "On contact with wound exudate, the hydrocolloid matrix forms a cohesive gel which supports moist wound healing."

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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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