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2014 Journal: July August Vol. 3 No. 4

Using maggots in wound care: Part 1

Maggot therapy is the controlled, therapeutic application of maggots to a wound. Simple to use, it provides rapid, precise, safe, and powerful debridement. Many wound care professionals don’t provide maggot therapy (also called wound myiasis) because they lack training. But having maggot therapy technology available for patients adds to your capabilities as a wound care provider.

Knowledge of maggot biology and life history helps wound care practitioners optimize therapy and anticipate or prevent problems. Educating patients and colleagues about maggot therapy can reduce stress and simplify your life as a wound care professional, whether you’re a novice or an experienced maggot therapist.

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Clinical Notes: Aspirin, Skin Infections, NPWT surgical incisions

Aspirin inhibits wound healing A study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine describes how aspirin inhibits wound healing and paves the way for the development of new drugs to promote healing. The authors of “12-hydroxyheptadecatrienoic (12-HHT) acid promotes epidermal wound healing by accelerating keratinocyte migration via the BLT2 receptor” report that aspirin reduced 12-HHT production, which resulted in delayed wound…

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Clinician Resources: Colorectal, ADA, Carbapenem-resistant

Be sure you’re familiar with these valuable resources for you and your patients. Colorectal cancer resources Fight Colorectal Cancer has a comprehensive resource library for patients, including: a link to “My Colon Cancer Coach,” which provides a personalized report to help guide patients in making treatment decisions archives of webinars (past topics include healthy changes that may reduce recurrence, highlights…

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Confronting conflict with higher-ups

By Pam Bowers, RN, and Liz Ferron, MSW, LICSW Conflict in the workplace is a fact of life, and dealing with it is never easy. Sometimes it seems easier to ignore it and hope it will take care of itself. But in healthcare organizations, that’s not a good strategy. Unresolved conflict almost always leads to poor communications, avoidance behavior, and…

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Creating an effective care plan

By Jeri Lundgren, BSN, RN, PHN, CWS, CWCN The development of a care plan related to skin integrity can be challenging for any clinician. It takes a strong understanding of skin integrity risk factors and knowledge of how to modify, stabilize, and eliminate those risk factors. This article provides tips for the care-planning process.

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Creating effective education programs on a shoestring budget

By Jennifer Oakley, BS, RN, WCC, DWC, OMS It’s time again for annual staff education, and you, the certified wound clinician, need to teach the staff at your organization. You dream of staff entering a state-of-the-art classroom with computers at each station, mannequins, wound anatomy models, and enough products for each student to do hands-on demonstrations. But when you open…

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device related pressure ulcer

Device–related pressure ulcers: Avoidable or not?

By: Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, CWCMS, DWC, OMS A medical device–related pressure ulcer (MDRPU) is defined as a localized injury to the skin or underlying tissue resulting from sustained pressure caused by a medical device, such as a brace; splint; cast; respiratory mask or tubing; tracheostomy tube, collar, or strap; feeding tube; or a negative-pressure wound therapy device. The golden rule…

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Education vital for successful wound management in the home

By Judy Bearden, MSN/ED, RN Changes in healthcare policy and reimbursement are pushing treatment from the hospital to the community. This shift is likely to result in a higher number of complex wounds being treated in the home, which can create stress for patients and families. Education plays a key role in reducing this stress. This article focuses on education…

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How to love and care for yourself unconditionally

By Yolanda G. Smith, MSN, RN, CCRN Are you able to relax, have fun, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life? Or do you: have trouble falling or staying asleep? smoke, drink, or eat to reduce tension? have headaches, back pain, or stomach problems? get irritated or upset over insignificant things? have too much to do and too little time…

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maggots in wound care

Using maggots in wound care: Part 1

By: Ronald A. Sherman, MD; Sharon Mendez, RN, CWS; and Catherine McMillan, BA Maggot therapy is the controlled, therapeutic application of maggots to a wound. Simple to use, it provides rapid, precise, safe, and powerful debridement. Many wound care professionals don’t provide maggot therapy (also called wound myiasis) because they lack training. But having maggot therapy technology available for patients…

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transparent film dressings

What you need to know about transparent film dressings

By Nancy Morgan, RN, BSN, MBA, WOC, WCC, DWC, OMS Each issue, Apple Bites brings you a tool you can apply in your daily practice. Transparent film dressings are thin sheets of transparent polyurethane (polymer) coated with an adhesive. These dressings are available in a variety of sizes and shapes.

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You want to touch me where?

By Debra Clair, PhD, APRN, WOCN, WCC, DWC Providing wound care requires a great deal of knowledge and skill. To become a wound care nurse entails taking classes, gaining and maintaining certifications, and acquiring on-the-job experience. But despite your education, knowledge, skills, and certifications, you may encounter problems when wound care requires you to touch the patient in a sensitive or…

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2014 Journal: July August Vol. 3 No. 4

One Thought to “2014 Journal: July August Vol. 3 No. 4”

  1. I agree, Ella – we do have to take care of ourselves if we’re to be of any use to our loved ones (or anonye else). And for me too, nature is large in the way of saving, if nothing else, my sanity. BTW, those pink blossoms (in your photo) are simply gorgeous!

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