Features

November/December 2016 Vol. 5 No. 6

Author: Armi S. Earlam, DNP, MPA, BSN, RN, CWOCN

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) describes support surfaces as “specialized devices for pressure redistribution designed for management of tissue loads, microclimate, and/or other therapeutic functions.” These devices include specialized mattresses, mattress overlays, chair cushions, and pads used on transport stretchers, operating room (OR) tables, examination or procedure . . .

November/December 2016 Vol. 5 No. 6

Author: DeSales Foster DNP, CWOCN, CRNP, GNP-BC, AGACNP-BC

Herpes zoster (HZ, also called shingles) is a painful condition that produces a maculopapular and vesicular rash. Usually, the rash appears along a single dermatome (band) around one side of the body or face.
In most cases, pain, tingling, burning, or itching occurs a few days before the rash. Next . . .

July/August 2016 Vol. 5 No. 4

Author: Heather Hettrick, PT, PhD, CWS, CLT, CLWT

Imagine you have a health condition that affects your life every day. Then imagine being told nothing can be done about it; you’ll just have to live with it. Or worse yet, your physician tells you the problem is “you’re just fat.”
Many people with lymphedema or lipedema . . .

July/August 2016 Vol. 5 No. 4

Author: Ron Rock, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) uses negative pressure to draw wound edges together, remove edema and infectious material, and promote perfusion and granulation tissue development. The tissue stretch and compression created by negative pressure during NPWT promotes tissue perfusion and granulation tissue development through angiogenesis, cellular proliferation, fibroblast migration, increased . . .

May/June 2016 Vol.5 Nov.3

Author: Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, OCN, CWOCN

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 1.6 million new cases of cancer will have been diagnosed in the United States in 2015. During the course of their disease, most cancer patients receive radiation therapy.
Delivering high energy in the form of waves or particles, radiation therapy alters . . .

Best of the Best 2016

Author: Armi S. Earlam, DNP, MPA, BSN, RN, CWOCN

For an ostomy pouching system to adhere properly, the skin around the stoma must be dry and intact. Otherwise, peristomal skin problems and skin breakdown around the stoma may occur. In fact, these problems are the most common complications of surgical stomas. They can worsen the patient’s pain and . . .

Best of the Best 2016

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

 
Imagine watching your skin tear, bleed, and turn purple. Imagine, too, the pain and disfigurement you’d feel.
What if you had to live through this experience repeatedly? That’s what many elderly people go through, suffering with skin tears through no fault of their own. Some go on . . .

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 the Wild on Wounds (WOW) conference held each September in Las Vegas. Every year, I present the opening session, called “The Buzz Report,” which focuses on the latest-breaking wound care news—what’s new . . .

Best of the Best 2016

Author: Kristine Hoffman, DPM, FACFAS

Diabetic foot ulcers stem from multiple factors, including peripheral neuropathy, high plantar pressures, decreased vascularity, and impaired wound healing. Contributing significantly to morbidity, they may cause limb loss and death. (See Foot ulcers and diabetes.)

Initially, hydrocolloid dressings were developed to function as part of the stomal flange. Based on . . .

January/February 2016 Vol. 5 No. 1

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

We all lead busy lives, with demanding work schedules and home responsibilities that can thwart our best intentions. Although we know it’s our responsibility to stay abreast of changes in our field, we may feel overwhelmed when we try to make that happen.

Keeping clinicians up-to-date on . . .