This issue marks the fourth anniversary of the “Best of the Best” issue of Wound Care Advisor, the official journal of the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. Fittingly, it comes during an Olympics year. Since 1904, the Olympics have awarded gold medals to athletes whose performance makes them the “best of the best.” This year, we’re proud to present our own “Best of the Best” in print format.
Normally, we come to you via the Internet, so this is most likely the first time you’re holding Wound Care Advisor in your hands. Using a digital format for our peer-reviewed journal allows us to bring you practical information you can access anytime, anywhere, as well as the chance to view videos and access links to other valuable resources for you and your patients. But sometimes, it’s nice to hold the print version of a journal. We hope that this annual compilation of our most popular articles will be a resource you can turn to again and again.
If you’re new to Wound Care Advisor, this issue gives you an opportunity to see what you’ve been missing. If you’re a regular reader, it lets you revisit some of our best articles. We’ve selected articles our readers have awarded “gold medals” by viewing them frequently online.
Within these pages, you’ll find feature articles, best practices, step-by-step procedures, clinical resources, and news. Along with wound-related topics—including pediatric pressure ulcers, medications and wound healing, epibole, and support surfaces—you can read up on other topics, including peristomal skin problems, skin tears, and cutaneous candidiasis.
This special issue also includes the 2016 Wild on Wounds Exhibitors Guide. Wild on Wounds (WOW) is an annual multidisciplinary national wound conference presented by the Wound Care Education Institute. The exhibitors guide features names, products, and contact information for manufacturers and companies that offer solutions to help you care for your patients. The guide is also available digitally on our website, woundcareadvisor.com, where can you download resources and access links to instructional and informational videos, clinical resources, and much more.
We appreciate your support and look forward to bringing you many more articles designed to help you “go for the gold” in your clinical practice.
Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS
Wound Care Advisor