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Comprehensive turning programs can avoid a pain in the back

March/April 2016 Vol. 5 No.2

Author: Jeri Lundgren, BSN, RN, PHN, CWS, CWCN

Turning programs are essential to prevent and promote healing of pressure ulcers and to prevent . . .

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Exercise your right to be fit!

March/April 2016 Vol. 5 No.2

Author: Tracey Long, PhD, RN, MS, MSN, CDE, CNE, CHUC, CCRN

 

Nearly all clinicians know exercise is good for our physical and mental health. But . . .

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Nutritional considerations in patients with pressure ulcers

March/April 2016 Vol. 5 No.2

Author: Jill Cox, PhD, RN, APN-C, CWOCN, and Sophia Zigouras, MS, RD, CNSC

Optimizing nutritional status is a key strategy both in preventing and managing pressure ulcers. In . . .

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No more skin tears

March/April 2016 Vol. 5 No.2

Author: Gail R. Hebert, MS, RN CWCN, DWC, WCC, OMS

 
Imagine watching your skin tear, bleed, and turn purple. Imagine, too, the pain and . . .

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Buzz Report: Latest trends, part 2

March/April 2016 Vol. 5 No.2

Author: Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS

Keeping clinicians up-to-date on clinical knowledge is one of the main goals of . . .

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Pros and cons of hydrocolloid dressings for diabetic foot ulcers

January/February 2016 Vol. 5 No. 1

Author: Kristine Hoffman, DPM, FACFAS

Diabetic foot ulcers stem from multiple factors, including peripheral neuropathy, high plantar pressures, decreased vascularity . . .

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Empowering patients to play an active role in pressure ulcer prevention

January/February 2016 Vol. 5 No. 1

Author: Hannah Miller, MSN, RN

Developing a pressure ulcer can cause the patient pain, lead to social isolation, result in . . .

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Assessment
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Case study: Peristomal pyoderma gangrenosum

January/February 2016 Vol. 5 No. 1

Author: Susan Lee, BSN, RN, WCC

 

As a wound care specialist, you have learned about many skin conditions, some so . . .

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Quiz Time

Which statement about hyperglycemia and mortality in patients receiving nutritional support is correct?

a. Compared to parenteral nutrition (PN), general nutrition (EN) increases hyperglycemia risk nearly twofold.
b. Compared to EN, PN increases hyperglycemia risk nearly twofold.
c. Patients whose blood glucose (BG) level stays above 220 mg/dL during PN therapy have an increased risk of death.
d. Patients whose blood glucose (BG) level stays above 220 mg/dL during PN therapy have a decreased risk of death.

Correct answer: b. Experts estimate that up to 30% of patients receiving EN and more than 50% of those receiving PN develop hyperglycemia, defined as a BG level above 200 mg/ dL. Compared to EN, PN increases hyperglycemia risk nearly twofold, even when caloric intake is similar. One study found inadequate glucose control both before and during nutrition therapy predicted a higher mortality risk.

Learn more by reading “Supplemental nutrition in hospitalized patients with diabetes

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