Wound Care

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WoundSource Digital Edition

by Miranda J. Henry, Editorial Director

It's been over two decades since WoundSource first landed in the hands of clinicians practicing wound care. While patient outcomes remain the primary objective in managing wounds, health care providers have so many more ways to support healing. I'm talking about improved assessment and documentation systems, more complementary modalities to jumpstart complex chronic wounds, and more (and better) modes of supporting patient compliance and staff protocol.

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The Future of Wound Care

by Catherine Milne, APRN, MSN, ANP/ACNS-BC, CWOCN-AP

Imagine yourself soaking up the sun on a tropical island. A subtle breeze from the swaying palm trees keeps you at the perfect temperature. In one hand you are holding a brightly colored drink with its obligatory umbrella garnish. The drink is non-alcoholic, of course, because you are working. In the other hand is a device that is monitoring your patient’s open wound and alerting you to changes in wound bed characteristics that must be acted on. You push a button to modulate the wound environment and return to the sounds of the crystal clear blue water lapping at your feet. Sounds nice, right?

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Wound Dressing Selection Facts and Questions

By Marta Ostler, PT, CWS, CLT, DAPWCA

On June 28, 2018, I presented a webinar on the topic of wound dressing selection as part of WoundSource's Practice Accelerator series on Wound Dressings 101. Choosing an appropriate wound dressing for your patient can be a difficult task; however, understanding this important step in the wound healing cascade is integral to maintaining and achieving healing outcomes for our patients with chronic and acute wounds.

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Biopsy of Atypical Wound

By Martin Vera, LVN, CWS

This blog describes a few atypical wounds, including scleroderma, Marjolin's ulcer, and Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Even with the previous discussion of atypical wounds in this two-part series, many other atypical wounds exist, and I encourage and challenge you to educate yourselves and others, continue doing the research necessary to continue the battle to prevent and heal these wounds, and increase awareness to achieve early detection and have better chances for positive outcomes.

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Alginate: Highly absorptive, non-occlusive dressing derived from brown seaweed or kelp.

Antimicrobial dressing: Delivers a sustained release of antimicrobial agents to the wound, to eradicate bioburden.

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Socioeconomic Considerations When Choosing a Wound Dressing

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As wound care clinicians, we need to take into consideration many different factors in deciding on a treatment plan for our wound patients. Our patients should be evaluated on an individual basis. If we look at our patient’s socioeconomic status, we will find it varies from patient to patient Socioeconomic status clearly affects morbidity and mortality rates related to wounds. Wound management tends to be lower in quality and follow-up visits tend to be fewer in number when compared with patients with better economic status.

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Wound Dressing Selection

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Do you, as a wound care clinician, know the ingredients of the dressings you are using on your patients? Do you know brand names, or do you know dressing categories? There are over 6,000 dressings, and we as clinicians cannot possibly learn about every dressing. However, learning the categories of dressings, along with indications, can help simplify the puzzle. You first want to ask yourself what you are trying to do. Absorb exudate or donate moisture? Is there a biofilm contained in the wound? Is there a formulation or composition of the dressing that would work best?

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Wound Dressing Selection

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Selecting advanced wound care dressings is most effective when looking at the “whole” patient. If you are focusing only on the “hole” in the patient, you may not be enhancing the wound healing process as much as you had anticipated. In fact, you may be causing more harm to the wound without realizing it. Remember to always involve your patients in their treatment care plan, if possible. Your patients do not always share what is going on at home or economically. Let’s walk through a couple of case scenarios that may help you think outside the box when choosing a treatment plan for your patient.

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Wound Dressing Selection

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Dressing selections can be overwhelming for clinicians and providers in health care. There are now well over 6,000 wound care products on the market. Ideally, there would be a multifunctional smart dressing that could “do it all” readily available in all settings. Unfortunately, we as health care providers know, that definitely isn’t the case.

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Allen, TX – May 15, 2018 – Keneric Healthcare, an ISO Certified global medical device manufacturer, is recognized for the development and commercialization of innovative products that improve patient care, increase clinician efficiency and streamline facility expenditures. GPO New Vendor Awards include Managed Healthcare Associates Inc.

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