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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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June 2014 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 60 - Issue 6

A Prospective Pilot Study to Evaluate Wound Outcomes and Levels of Serum C-reactive Protein and Interleukin-6 in the Wound Fluid of Patients with Trauma-related Chronic Wounds

If surgical closure of chronic wounds is an option, choosing an appropriate time to definitely close these wounds remains a challenge. Although the underlying mechanisms of nonhealing are not completely understood, serum C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in wound fluid have been found to be markers of the systemic and local inflammation state of chronic wounds. The purpose of this prospective, descriptive pilot study was to evaluate the effect of debridement, systemic antibiotics, and negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) on the outcomes of trauma-related chronic wounds and changes in local inflammation responses, measured using CRP and IL-6 levels as indicators of cytokine regulation....

A Prospective, Descriptive Cohort Study of Malignant Wound Characteristics and Wound Care Strategies in Patients with Breast Cancer

Few studies have addressed the effects of dressings on malignant wounds. A 20-month (May 2010 to January 2011) descriptive, prospective cohort study was conducted by the Wound Care Unit of Institute Curie, Paris, France to evaluate the use of various local care procedures and characteristics of malignant wounds.

  Symptoms and wound management methods were observed over a period of 42 days in 32 patients (all women, mean age 60 years, range 30–96 years, most with infiltrating ductal carcinoma)....

Treating Peristomal Pyoderma Gangrenosum With Topical Crushed Prednisone: A Report of Three Cases

The main goals of treating peristomal pyoderma gangrenosum (PPG) — ulcerations in the stomal area — are to decrease pain, increase pouch adherence, and decrease pyoderma. The literature suggests a wide variety of approaches to achieve this goal, but few studies report outcomes on the use of topical steroids. The purpose of this case study is to describe the results of a protocol developed to meet the goals of care for patients with PPG....

Editor’s Opinion: Keeping the Quest in Our Questions

You would think everything wound-related had been figured out by now. After all, wounds have been around for as long as people (and animals). In addition, the number of wound-related studies, publications, journals, websites, meetings, and wound care education programs has sky-rocketed during the past 50 or so years. But here we are, still with more questions than answers....

Pearls for Practice: Wound Closure With Autologous Epidermis and Dermis in the Outpatient Wound Clinic Setting

Wound bed preparation is the management of a wound in order to accelerate endogenous healing or to facilitate the effectiveness of other therapeutic measures.1 The goal of wound treatment is to optimize wound bed preparation to allow the wound to proceed to endogenous healing or to set the stage for successful wound closure with autologous tissue....

A Clinical Minute: Don’t Give Up on That Wound — A Palliative Care Perspective

Ostomy Wound Management introduces a new occasional column that focuses on the many clinical indications of MEDIHONEY®. We invite you to share your feedback and professional experiences with this product in the Comments section that follows each article at www.o-wm.com....

Nutrition 411: An Introduction to Herbs for Wound Healing Professionals

Medicinal plants have played an important therapeutic role throughout history. Records of herbal remedies date back 5,000 years and document the evolution of ethnobotanical therapies from regional availability of plants and trade commerce to highly developed medical practice....

My Scope of Practice: Keeping Care a Laughing Matter

Good attitude is key to successful adaptation, but sometimes keeping a positive outlook is difficult when you are faced with life-altering surgery. For Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APNC, MAPWCA, FAAN, encouraging smiles is an important item on her patient “to do” list. “When dealing with people preparing to have an ostomy or who have a diversion, the underlying rule is to nurture a sense of humor,” Dr. Beitz says....

AAWC Update

The Association expresses its appreciation to everyone who attended the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC Spring) and visited the AAWC booth. Many participated in AAWC’s fundraising activities with proceeds supporting the Scholarship Fund, Global Volunteers Program, and Patient Advocacy efforts....