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Wound Chronicity
March 29th, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

Chronic wounds affect over 6.5 million people annually in the United States, with a total cost of over $26.8 billion per year. Proper identification of chronic wounds is necessary to develop an effective treatment plan, although many elements—such as...

Pressure Injury
March 22nd, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

Wound healing is a complex process that is highly dependent on many skin cell types interacting in a defined order. With chronic wounds, this process is disrupted, and healing does not normally progress. Although there are different types of chronic...

Biofilm Management
March 22nd, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

The returning wound patient is in for reassessment. They are positioned for maximum visualization of the wound. You remove the dressing. Clean the wound. After a few additional steps, it's time to measure the wound's progress. Using your measurement...

Chronic Wounds
March 22nd, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

In approaching the management of a chronic wound, the first step in developing a treatment plan that will combat chronicity and promote healthy healing of damaged tissue begins with understanding the different types of wounds.

February 28th, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

Epidermis: the outer layer of the skin, which is the protective layer against the outside elements.

Epithelialization: the growth of the epidermis over a wound during the remodeling stage.

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February 28th, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

There has been extensive research on how to prevent skin care-related skin breakdown, and most research agrees on a few main components. Eliminating skin contact with sweat, urine, and stool reduces the risk of maceration and incontinence-associated...

February 28th, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

Those working with at-risk populations must be aware of how to address the skin care needs of our patients and prevent pressure ulcers and injuries. At-risk populations, such as older adults, persons who are incontinent, pediatric patients, immobile...

February 28th, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

Periwound skin management is just as important as wound bed preparation in wound healing. The goal of periwound management is to maintain an optimal moist wound healing environment while preventing skin breakdown and infection. Skin is more vulnerable...

February 28th, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

The skin is the largest organ of our body, covering 18 square feet and weighing approximately 12 pounds. Despite positive characteristics, the skin is always susceptible to and at risk of injury and breakdown. Maintaining skin integrity equals...

Venous Leg Ulcer Management Strategies
January 31st, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

Venous leg ulcers can be painful, cause distress, and affect quality of life, from the weekly wound center visits, multilayer wraps, debridements, compression hose, elevation of legs above the heart, to the odor from heavy exudate.

Chronic Venous Leg Ulcers
January 31st, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

Chronic non-healing venous ulcer wounds are an economic burden to the health care system and are the most common type of leg ulcer, affecting around 1% of the population, with 3% of people aged over 80. With obesity and diabetes on the rise, the burden...

Venous Leg Ulcer Complications
January 31st, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) are difficult to treat, and when they are present a variety of complications may arise. These complications can be challenging to treat and may often contribute to the prolonged healing times resulting from chronicity found with...

Venous Leg Ulcer
January 31st, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

A venous leg ulcer (VLU) is caused by vein disease that primarily affects older adults. As a prevalent problem among older patients, providing care for individuals with VLUs is time-consuming and costly. The direct costs vary from country to country,...

January 31st, 2019

by the WoundSource Editors

Calf muscle pump: Functional result of the calf muscle surrounding the deep venous system and compressing the veins during plantarflexion by contracting the muscle to assist with venous return to the heart.

biofilm development stages
December 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Advancements in molecular microbiology, microscopy technology, and techniques for study of bacteria have increased the ability to identify the existence of biofilms, but there still remains the unknown, such as differentiating between planktonic...

wound biofilm virulence
December 31st, 2018

By the WoundSource Editors

Wound biofilms not only impede healing but also increase the risk of infection. It is essential that wound biofilms be addressed and treated in a prompt, consistent manner. Biofilms have been an ongoing challenge because of the majority of resistant...

wound infection
December 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Wound infection is a complex process that can be affected by a variety of factors, some of which inhibit the ability to heal. The first stage of healing, the inflammatory stage, is particularly susceptible to chronicity. Chronicity can be influenced by...

skin microbiome
December 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

The human skin microbiome is incredibly diverse and can contain up to one billion microorganisms on a single square centimeter, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and arthropods. These dynamic environments often become more complicated when wounds are...

December 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Aerobic microorganisms: Organisms thriving in an oxygen-rich environment.

Anaerobic microorganisms: Organisms thriving in an oxygen-depleted environment.

Autolytic debridement: A selective...

Patient Centered Risk Assessment
October 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Palliative Care
October 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Pressure Injury/Ulcer Risk Management in Palliative Care and Hospice

Palliative care and hospice care are not the same, but they both share one goal. They both focus on a patient's physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs. Palliative care...

September 26th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Acute Wound: A wound that is following a predicted pattern of healing that should result in complete functional closure.

Chronic Wound: A wound that has failed to re-epithelialize after three months, usually...

SSI
September 26th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Surgical site infections (SSIs) account for 20% of total documented infections each year and cost approximately $34,000 per episode. SSIs are responsible for increased readmission rates, length of stay, reoperation, morbidity, and mortality, as well as...

Evaluating Patient Risk Factors
September 26th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the most prevalent surgical wound complications, comprising approximately 15% of all health care–associated infections, with more than 500,000 reported yearly.1 Preventing SSIs is perhaps the best way to...

Incision Management
September 26th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Appropriate surgical wound and incision management in the post-operative time period is imperative to prevent complications...

Surgical Wound
September 26th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate approximately 30 million surgical procedures are performed annually in the United States.1 Advances in technology have afforded patients options such as minimally invasive surgery...

August 27th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Callus: Localized area where the stratum corneum is thickened, typically found bordering ulcerations on the plantar, medial, and lateral surfaces of the foot; in the setting of diabetic foot ulcer, this indicates an...

Diabetic Foot Ulcer Prevention
August 27th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Comprehensive treatment of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) includes moist local or topical wound care, serial sharp debridement,...

Wound Assessment
August 27th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are ostensibly the most challenging types of chronic ulcerations to manage, given their multifactorial nature. Thorough, systematic assessment of a patient with a DFU is essential to developing a comprehensive plan of care....

August 27th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Overview

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are arguably among the most difficult types of wounds to manage; the etiology of these wounds poses some of the greatest clinical challenges for healing, considering the multifaceted nature of diabetes...

diabetic foot examination
August 27th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Wound Tissue
July 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Successful utilization of the TIME model for wound bed preparation requires a working knowledge of chronic wound tissue types. In addition, building on this foundational knowledge is the development of accurate wound assessment skills. These components...

Moisture Management
July 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Before embarking on the journey of wound bed preparation, the goals for wound care should be carefully considered. A realistic look at the goals and expectations from the perspective of the patient as well as the wound care team is the first step in...

Edge Management
July 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Bioburden in wounds
July 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

July 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

May 31st, 2018

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

Antimicrobial dressing: Delivers a sustained release of antimicrobial agents to the...

Socioeconomic Considerations When Choosing a Wound Dressing
May 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Wound Dressing Selection
May 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Wound Dressing Selection
May 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Wound Dressing Selection
May 31st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Dressing selections can be overwhelming for clinicians and providers in health care. There are now well over 6,000...

wound debridement instruments
April 19th, 2018

by The WoundSource Editors

Chronic Wound Tissue
April 19th, 2018

by The WoundSource Editors

To witness the normal wound healing process is extraordinary. However, the systematic process of healing is not always perfect....

Wound Healing
April 19th, 2018

by The WoundSource Editors

There are four stages of wound healing. This systematic process moves in a linear direction. The four stages of wound healing are: hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and maturation. It is imperative to remember that wound healing is not linear. It...

Selecting a Debridement Method
April 19th, 2018

by The WoundSource Editors

Nurse with Patient
March 28th, 2018

by WoundSource Editors

Chronic wounds are any types of wounds that have failed to heal in 90 days. Identifying the cause of a chronic wound is most important in the healing process. We as clinicians must help bolster advanced wound care by sharing advances in education in...

Periwound skin
March 28th, 2018

by The WoundSource Editors

Necrotic Foot
March 28th, 2018

by the Wound Source Editors

February 27th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Acute wound: Alteration in skin integrity such as a simple laceration or a surgical wound that moves normally through the healing process and heals in a predictable timeframe without complication.

Antibiotic resistant:...

Surgical Site Infections
February 27th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Of the millions of surgical procedures performed annually, most surgical site wounds heal without complications. Surgical site infections...

Multidrug-Resistant Organisms
February 27th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Clinical Challenges in Diagnosing Infected Wounds
February 27th, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

Given the impact of infection on delayed wound healing, determining the presence of colonization and infection is imperative to achieving healed outcomes. ...

moisture-associated skin damage
February 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

It has long been known in clinical practice that long-term exposure of the skin to moisture is harmful and can lead to extensive skin breakdown. The term moisture-associated skin damage was coined as an umbrella term to describe the spectrum of...

incontinence-associate dermatitis prevention
February 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

complications associated with MASD
February 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

skin assessment and moisture-associated skin damage
February 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

The performance of an accurate and complete skin assessment is of utmost importance to obtaining and maintaining healthy skin. Understanding the structure and function of the skin is key to the differentiation of normal from abnormal findings. Having...

surgical instruments for debridement
January 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

biofilm culture under microscope
January 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

antibiotic resistant biofilm
January 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

necrotic tissue in wound
January 1st, 2018

by the WoundSource Editors

pressure injury risk assessment
November 1st, 2017

by the WoundSource Editors

repositioning for pressure injury prevention
November 1st, 2017

by the WoundSource Editors

pressure injury prevention and management
November 1st, 2017

by the WoundSource Editors

pressure injury treatment
November 1st, 2017

by the WoundSource Editors