Practice


  1. Clinical innovation: wound management in an outpatient setting
    Clinical innovation: wound management in an outpatient setting VIEW PDF
    September 2014 Volume 5 Issue 3

    Wound healing is an evolving specialty with wound care practitioners facing many challenges, including rising healthcare costs and diᰀculties in ensuring access to and quality of care. Current US delivery models are mainly hospital-based and hospital-centered....

  2. Ten top tips: managing surgical site infections
    Ten top tips: managing surgical site infections VIEW PDF
    September 2014 Volume 5 Issue 3

    The definition of surgical site infection (SSI) by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[1] of North America [Table 1] is the most commonly used and comprehensive. Leaper and Fry[2] state that an SSI is the most preventable healthcare-associated...

  3. Ten top tips: repositioning a patient to prevent pressure ulcers VIEW PDF
    September 2014 Volume 5 Issue 3

    Having an understanding of the exact cause of pressure ulcers helps place the role of repositioning into context. As such, a pressure ulcer is deἀned as localised injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of...

  4. Stepping up to customised  wound care
    Stepping up to customised wound care VIEW PDF

    A one-hour symposium was held by Urgo Medical on Thursday 15th May 2014 at the annual European Wound Management Association (EWMA) Conference in Madrid, entitled ‘Stepping up to customised wound care’. The objective of the session was to highlight the...

  5. Reducing perioperative pressure ulcers in thoracic, cardiovascular and spinal surgery patients
    Reducing perioperative pressure ulcers in thoracic, cardiovascular and spinal surgery patients VIEW PDF

    Historically, pressure ulcer (PU) prevention in surgical patients has focused on postoperative nursing practices such as assessment, pressure relief, nutrition, and skin care. At the University of Virginia, two studies were undertaken in surgical patients...

  6. International Wound Infection Institute: Leaders in wound infection understanding, prevention, and management
    International Wound Infection Institute: Leaders in wound infection understanding, prevention, and management VIEW PDF
    May 2014 Volume 5 Issue 2

    Wound infection is a source of morbidity and mortality the world over; be it in acute wounds, or the ever-growing number of chronic wounds. Much remains to be done by the clinicians in the field and researchers in the lab to better understand and manage wound...

  7. New Zealand’s 2013 STOP Pressure Injury Day Campaign: Successes of the New Zealand Wound Care Society
    New Zealand’s 2013 STOP Pressure Injury Day Campaign: Successes of the New Zealand Wound Care Society VIEW PDF
    May 2014 Volume 5 Issue 2

    New Zealand faces many of the same issues as other countries around the world with an aging population, increasing numbers of chronically sick patients, and tight health care cost constraints. This is true of wound care, and here the authors report a...

  8. Sciatic nerve block: A useful procedure for diabetic foot surgery VIEW PDF
    May 2014 Volume 5 Issue 2

    The range of comorbidities experienced by people who require lower-limb surgery to manage diabetic foot disease are many. These comorbidites make the undertaken of general anaesthesia both difficult and places them at high risk of complications during surgery...

  9. Ten Top Tips...  Using negative pressure wound therapy effectively
    Ten Top Tips... Using negative pressure wound therapy effectively VIEW PDF
    May 2014 Volume 5 Issue 2

    Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has revolutionised the approach to complex wounds, enabling a breakthrough in wound management.Drawing on current research-based evidence and expert consensus opinion, the following top 10 tips can be used to aid appropriate...

  10. Ten Top Tips... Preventing orthopaedic surgery-related wound blisters
    Ten Top Tips... Preventing orthopaedic surgery-related wound blisters VIEW PDF
    May 2014 Volume 5 Issue 2

    Superficial wound blisters are an abnormal swelling (i.e. filling with fluid) in the epidermal layer of the skin in response to trauma. Blistering in postoperative wounds may be caused by skin stripping from removal of medical tape, or prolonged exposure...