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Two Innovative Approaches for Wound Care/Closure

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In previous blogs, I have advocated the use of Montgomery straps to relieve tension on wounds. Montgomery straps are readily available online and can be purchased through Amazon or individual medical supply companies (Google search Montgomery straps). Each strap is approximately 11 in long with a 6-in wide adhesive strip. The silk tape adhesive is porous, “kind” to the skin, and can be worn in the shower (afterward, it dries quickly).

Handling the Changing Reimbursement Scene

In the November issue of OWM, Kathleen D, Schaum, President and Founder of Kathleen D. Schaum & Associates, Inc, Lake Worth, FL, and a 50-year veteran of reimbursement issues, addressed recent changes to reimbursement policies that will impact wound care providers as part of the new value-based system. Here, she further outlines strategies she anticipates will become part of her, and your, wound care scenarios. Ms.

Farid Blog: Ileostomy Management

Karen Farid, RN, MA, CWON

Managing Liquid Output

Farid Blog: Venous Stasis Dermatitis/Ulcerations Management

Venous stasis dermatitis and associated ulcerations are common in the elderly, most likely due to decreased activity and hours of sitting. This is a problem also is common among persons limited to wheelchair mobilization (with legs in the dependent position for hours at a time) and among people with an injury and/or a neurological deficit in 1 or both lower extremities, even with ambulation. The lower extremity venous return relies on the “kneading” action of the musculature to assist with the pumping of the venous blood supply to return it to the central circulation (see Orr et al.

High-output Stomas: Education is Your Best Back-up

In past blogs I have provided a multitude of strategies to help wound ostomy continence (WOC) nurses oversee care for inpatients and outpatients with high-output stomas. None of us work 24/7 and none of us is the ongoing primary caregiver across all settings (acute, rehab/long-term care, home care, palliative, and hospice) where ostomy care is needed. That responsibility falls on the family/significant others, who need WOC nurses to educate and instruct them.

So, WOC nurses, here goes:

Industry Spotlight: Mark R. Lacerte, President & CEO, HARTMANN USA

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Is it time to consider doing ultrasounds of the skin upon admission to the emergency department?

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The March 2017 of Ostomy Wound Management includes our pilot study regarding the use of hospital-grade ultrasound (US) technology to discover deep tissue injuries (DTI) not yet visible on the skin. I know of at least 1 long-term care facility that uses an US unit no bigger than a loose-leaf binder to obtain grainy images of the epidermis/dermis on the heels and sacrum of new admissions, specific only for skin edema to at least document abnormalities of the skin on those areas.

Farid Blog: Rehabilitation: A concept with far-reaching significance and potential

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Over the past 20 years, we have seen a welcome expansion of provider reimbursement for rehabilitation services. What used to be a nursing home option for patients who did not have the ability to care for themselves has evolved into a nursing home and rehabilitation center with updated capabilities for restoring function. In addition, there are acute rehabilitation centers embedded in acute care facilities for patients needing exercise and ambulation who have serious cardiovascular conditions.

“[Wound Care Nurse]…heal thyself:” Facial Skin Care

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I’ve always been interested in promoting healthy skin, especially facial skin. As a child, I remember going to the local beach club with my mom and my brothers and sisters and passing the Noxema (Unilever, London, UK; yes, it is still manufactured!) around at night to soothe the sunburn on every sunny day! We were not aware of sun damage that would come back to haunt us when we were older.

Ensuring Your Work Gets Noticed

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Congratulations! You have conducted a study. You may be sharing your findings at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (session speaker or poster/oral abstract presenter). We hope you also are planning to compose and submit a manuscript to OWM.