Pressure Ulcer

July/August 2016 Vol. 5 No. 4

Management of biofilm recommendations
The Journal of Wound Care has published “Recommendations for the management of biofilm: a consensus document,” developed through the Italian Nursing Wound Healing Society.
The panel that created the document identified 10 interventions strongly recommended for clinical practice; however, panel members noted that, “there is a . . .

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 patients across all care settings, compromised nutrition— as from poor intake, undesired weight loss, and malnutrition—increases the risk of pressure ulcers. It contributes to altered immune function, impaired collagen synthesis, and decreased tensile strength . . .

March/April 2016 Vol. 5 No.2

Self-management ostomy program improves HRQOL
A five-session ostomy self-care program with a curriculum based on the Chronic Care Model can improve health-related quality of life (HRQOL), according to a study in Psycho-Oncology.
“A chronic care ostomy self-management program for cancer survivors” describes results from . . .

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 . . .

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 reduced mobility, and can even be fatal. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, estimated costs for each pressure ulcer range from $37,800 to $70,000, and the total annual cost of . . .

January/February 2016 Vol. 5 No. 1

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

Immobility affects all our body systems, including our skin. According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, many contributing factors are associated with the formation of a pressure ulcer, with impaired mobility leading the list.

So what can clinicians do to prevent harm caused by immobility? One often-overlooked strategy . . .

November/December 2015 Vol. 4 No. 6

Modified Braden risk score proposed
A study in Ostomy Wound Management states the risk classification of patients using Braden Scale scores should comprise three (rather than five) levels: high risk, with a total score ≤11; moderate risk, with a total score of 12 to 16; and mild risk, with a . . .

November/December 2015 Vol. 4 No. 6

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Sentinel event alert for falls
As part of its sentinel event alert “Preventing falls and fall-related injuries in health care facilities,” The Joint Commission has assembled information and multiple resources, including:

analysis of contributing factors for falls . . .

Best of the Best 2015 Vol. 4 No. 5

Mild compression diabetic socks safe and effective for lower extremity edema
Diabetic socks with mild compression can reduce lower extremity edema in patients with diabetes without adversely affecting arterial circulation, according to a randomized control trial presented at the American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions Conference.

“Control of lower extremity . . .