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November/December 2016 Vol. 5 No. 6

Author: Myra Varnado, BS, RN, CWOCN

Skin substitutes (also called tissuebased products and dermal replacements) are a boon to chronic wound management when traditional therapies have failed. When selecting skin substitutes for their formularies, wound care professionals have many product options—and many decisions to make.
Repair of skin defects has been a pressing concern for . . .

July/August 2016 Vol. 5 No. 4

Author: Tara Slagle, MSN, BSN, RN

It’s been a stressful day at work—nothing new. One confused patient pulled off her ostomy bag, you’re having difficulties applying negative-pressure wound therapy on another, and a third patient’s family is
angry with you. We all experience stressful days, but unfortunately, sometimes we take our . . .

July/August 2016 Vol. 5 No. 4

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

On April 13, 2016, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced changes in pressure ulcer terminology and staging definitions. Providers can adapt NPUAP’s changes for their clinical practice and documentation, but it’s important to note that, as of press time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services . . .

July/August 2016 Vol. 5 No. 4

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

Have you ever ridden a bicycle with a wobbly wheel? The ride isn’t smooth, and you notice every bump in the road. As you focus on your discomfort, you may be distracted from the beautiful vistas you’re riding past.
Think of the bicycle as your overall health, which . . .

May/June 2016 Vol.5 Nov.3

Author: Kristy S. Chunta, PhD, RN, ACNS, BC, CMC

Attending a professional conference can yield many benefits if you follow these 10 tips.
1 Obtain new knowledge. Conferences provide opportunities for clinicians to gain new knowledge about procedures, technology, and research. Take notes and keep handouts for reference. After you return, share what you have learned with colleagues so . . .

May/June 2016 Vol.5 Nov.3

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

Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health threat not only in the United States, but worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is one of the major threats to human health.
Despite these concerns, antibiotics continue to be widely used—and overused. In long-term care, for instance . . .

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 the many negative effects of immobility, ranging from constipation to respiratory infections. However, turning a patient often puts a caregiver’s body in an awkward position, which can lead to musculoskeletal damage, especially back injuries . . .

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 incorporating it into our busy lives can be a challenge. The only types of exercise some clinicians have time for are working long shifts, juggling life’s demands, balancing the books, jumping on the bandwagon . . .

January/February 2016 Vol. 5 No. 1

Author: Paige Roberts, MBA, BSN, RN, PCCN, and Kaitlin Strauss, BSN, RN, PCCN

Being positive in a negative situation is not naïve. It’s leadership.

— Ralph S. Marston, Jr., author and

publisher of The Daily Motivator website

Clinicians may encounter many challenges and stressors in the workplace—long hours, rotating shifts, inadequate staffing, poor teamwork, and pressure to achieve higher performance levels . . .

January/February 2016 Vol. 5 No. 1

Author: Kathleen D. Schaum, MS

 

At the 2015 Wild on Wounds conference, the interactive workshop “Are You Ready for an Outpatient Reimbursement Challenge?” featured a lively discussion among participants about 25 real-life reimbursement scenarios. Here are the top 10 questions the attendees asked, with the answers I provided.

Q Why is it necessary . . .