From the Editor

November/December 2016 Vol. 5 No. 6

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

As a wound care expert, you’re probably consulted for every eruption, scrape, and opening in a patient’s skin. Occasionally during a patient assessment, you may scratch your head and ask yourself, “What is this? I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Most wound care experts want to help . . .

Best of the Best 2016

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

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 . . .

July/August 2016 Vol. 5 No. 4

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

Sad but true: Much of what we do as healthcare professionals is based on reimbursement. For nearly all the services and products we use in wound care and ostomy management, Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies control reimbursement. For many years, these payers have been deciding which interventions, medications, products, and . . .

May/June 2016 Vol.5 Nov.3

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

Just when we think we’ve figured out pressure ulcer staging, it changes again. In April 2016, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) held a consensus conference on staging definitions and terminology. The purpose: to analyze and discuss the rationale for the panel’s changes. One of the key . . .

March/April 2016 Vol. 5 No.2

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

Using a checklist form to document wound care can make the task easier and faster—and help ensure that you’ve captured all pertinent data needed for assessment, reimbursement, and legal support. But the form itself may not be comprehensive; some important fields may be missing.
Recently, we at Wound . . .

January/February 2016 Vol. 5 No. 1

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

A fundamental rule of wound care is to treat the “whole” patient, not just the “hole” in the patient. To do this, we need to focus on a holistic
approach to healing, which means evaluating everything that’s going on with the patient—from nutrition, underlying diseases, and medications to . . .

November/December 2015 Vol. 4 No. 6

By: Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS
As healthcare clinicians, our world is full of tasks to be completed. Some are new, but many are tasks we repeat every day and thus have become routine—things we could almost do in our sleep.

But what’s routine for . . .

Best of the Best 2015 Vol. 4 No. 5

By: Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS
What do the Los Angeles Lakers, Green Bay Packers, Montreal Canadiens, and New York Yankees have in common? All three have “three-peated”, meaning they have won three consecutive championships. This year, we at Wound Care Advisor, the official journal of the National . . .

July/August 2015 Vol. 4 No. 4

By Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS

Pressure ulcers have been a health concern for a long time—since at least 5,000 years ago, when evidence of a pressure ulcer was found on an ancient Egyptian mummy. But not until 1975 did the staging classification system we . . .

May/June 2015 Vol. 4 No. 3

Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS
Silence, roving eyes, fidgeting, excuses, a quick subject change—these are typical responses from healthcare clinicians when asked, “What’s the patient’s ankle-brachial index?” You’d think someone had just uttered a dirty word.

The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is . . .