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Keys To Effective Wound Dressing Selection

Nancy Slone Rivera, MS, ANP-C, CWON, CFCN, and Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, MSc | 39,012 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/2011

Navigating the different stages of chronic wound healing can be quite challenging. Accordingly, these authors review the role of proper wound dressing selection and pros and cons of dressings ranging from gauze and hydrocolloid dressings to calcium alginate dressings and foams.

Current Concepts In Wound Bed Preparation

Lee C. Rogers, DPM | 25,215 reads | 0 comments | 07/27/2011

Proper preparation of the wound bed is essential to priming the wound for effective healing. Accordingly, this author discusses key principles from the literature and shares insights from his clinical experience in employing debridement and adjunctive modalities to help facilitate better wound healing and eventual wound closure.

Expert Pointers On Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM | 30,999 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/2007

Given the increasing use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) to spur wound healing, our expert panelists return for the second part of this Q&A discussion on NPWT (see “Inside Insights On Negative Pressure Wound Therapy,” page 24, May issue). They offer specific pearls on the use of NPWT, how to combine the modality with skin grafts and silver dressings, and tips for avoiding wound maceration. Q: Do you have any pearls for using negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT)? A: Eric Travis, DPM, utilizes VAC therapy (KCI) mostly at 125 mmHg of continuous suction.

Inside Insights On Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM | 13,072 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/2007

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) can have a positive effect on wound healing. These panelists detail what types of wounds can benefit from the technology, when to consider negative pressure and how various NPWT devices compare to one another.

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What has been your general impression and experience with using negative pressure wound therapy for lower extremity wounds?

Wound Debridement: Are Adjunct Therapies Cost Effective?

Leon R. Brill, DPM, FACFAS, CWS | 4,123 reads | 0 comments | 04/03/2008

Please click here for the full Continuing Medical Education article: http://www.naccme.com/program/n-208/ There is a variety of debridement options ranging from sharp debridement and mechanical debridement to enzymatic debridement. In recent years, physicians have also seen the emergence of ultrasound debridement and the use of a hydro scalpel. Accordingly, this author evaluates the various debridement methods and assesses their cost effectiveness.

Seeking Volunteers To Help Establish Wound Care Haiti

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS | 7,320 reads | 2 comments | 07/21/2009

Most of you who read this blog know that I have been involved in a clubfoot program in Haiti for several years now. In my trips to Haiti, another need has become apparent. The need for a wound care center is critically urgent.

I have initiated the process with the help of some of my Haitian friends to establish a wound care center with the hope that this initiative will eventually lead to an entire countrywide program. This is a large, daunting undertaking and I need help. For those of you who are looking for ways to get involved, here is your opportunity to make a difference.

Essential Insights On Addressing Common Wound Dilemmas

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 14,871 reads | 0 comments | 10/26/2009

   Whether it is dealing with recalcitrant wounds, choosing appropriate empiric antibiotics for infected wounds or weighing the benefits of palliative care, our expert panelists offer their perspectives on a wide range of wound care issues.

   

Q: When would you consider obtaining a wound culture and prescribing antibiotics? What is your empiric oral antibiotic of choice?

   

Electrical Stimulation: Can It Help Facilitate Wound Closure?

Jonathan Rosenblum, DPM | 15,546 reads | 0 comments | 10/28/2009

While there are varied modalities available to help manage stubborn wounds, this author suggests that electrical stimulation may play an adjunctive role. Accordingly, he reviews the current literature, theories and practical application of electrical stimulation in wound care.

Key Insights On Advanced Wound Care Treatments

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 13,421 reads | 0 comments | 02/23/2010

   There are a variety of advanced treatment options that can help expedite wound healing. Accordingly, these expert panelists offer insights on the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and growth factors, and the emergence of stem cell therapy.

Q: Do you have any pearls in prescribing NPWT?

Taking A Closer Look At The Impact Of Wound Bioburden

Stephanie Wu, DPM | 18,109 reads | 1 comments | 03/25/2010

Bioburden can have an adverse effect on the environment of the chronic wound and may lead to infection and delayed healing. Accordingly, this author examines the literature on wound bioburden and offers insights on the use of antimicroibial wound dressings and larvae therapy to target biofilms.