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wound care nursing

Eva Carlsson, Jeanette Fingren, Anne-Marie Hallén, Charlotta Petersén, Elisabet Lindholm
Despite advancements in the creation and care of stomas, ostomy and peristomal skin complications are common immediately following surgery as well as in the months and years thereafter. A prospective study to determine the prevalence of ostomy and peristomal skin complications and the influence of ostomy configuration on such complications was conducted 1 year after ostomy surgery among all patients at a university hospital in Sweden. All participants received regular (10 to 14 days post discharge, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year post surgery) ostomy follow-up care by a wound ostomy continence (WOC) nurse...
October 2016: Ostomy/wound Management
Aaron Pinkhasov, Deepan Singh, Benjamin Kashan, Julie DiGregorio, Theresa M Criscitelli, Scott Gorenstein, Harold Brem
GENERAL PURPOSE: To provide information about the effect of psychiatric comorbidities on wound healing in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:1. Discuss the connection between DM and the development of psychiatric comorbidities...
November 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Laurent Klein
The treatment of wounds forms a major part of nurses' practice in patients' homes. The choice of dressing requires real expertise drawing notably on collaborative approaches and the sharing of the patient's records. Based on this observation, Laurent Klein, a private practice nurse, designed and developed an e-health tool aimed specifically at the treatment of wounds. A real nursing success story which has helped to improve the quality of care.
October 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
Mei-Yu Hsu, Hsiao-Hui Hsu, Ji-Yan Lyu
Leakage is a common complication of gastrostomy. Exposure of the skin surrounding the gastrostomy tube to moisture or chemical irritants may cause moisture-associated skin damage (MASD) and seriously affect the patient's quality of life. This case study describes a nursing experience with gastrostomy leakage that resulted in MASD. An assessment conducted from July 29, 2015 to August 20, 2015 revealed that heavy gastronomy leakage had caused extensive skin erosion, ulceration, hyperplasia, and superficial infection...
October 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Nao Tamai, Yuko Mugita, Mari Ikeda, Hiromi Sanada
PURPOSE: Skin metastasis is one of the most frequent metastases in breast cancer patients. Patients with malignant wounds experience numerous symptoms, including serious wound pain. However, the features of pain related to malignant wounds have not been investigated. Nurses can experience a dilemma when treating these patients due to a lack of knowledge of the pain. The aims of this study were to examine the quality and intensity of malignant wound pain and to determine the association between wound status and pain in the patients with malignant wounds...
October 2016: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
S Fiquet, F Desbiez, I Tauveron, N Mrozek, M Vidal, O Lesens
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to develop and implement an application that could improve the management of patients presenting with diabetic foot osteomyelitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Physicians from the multidisciplinary diabetic foot infection team and a software engineer first assessed the needs required for the infection management and application. An experimental version was then designed and progressively improved. A final version was implemented in clinical practice in 2013 by the multidisciplinary diabetic foot infection team of our university hospital...
September 28, 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
R L Lassiter, E L Simmerman, J Sol Oh, C J Mentzer, N E Burkart, S B Holsten
OBJECTIVE: Necrotising soft tissue infection is a rare surgical emergency, which requires immediate and aggressive surgical debridement. Following control of the infection, patients are often left with large defects, with wound reconstruction and closure creating significant challenges. Here we describe a case of extensive thoracoabdominal necrotising soft tissue infection and provide a discussion on the standard of care and treatment based on a current literature review. METHOD: A 53-year-old female presented with bilious and feculent discharge from her surgical incision two weeks after a total abdominal hysterectomy...
October 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Marliese Dion Nist, Elizabeth A Rodgers, Brenda M Ruth, C Briana Bertoni, Thomas Bartman, Leah A Keller, James W Dail, Renee Gardikes-Gingery, Edward G Shepherd
BACKGROUND: Skin injuries are common among neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients and may lead to significant complications. Standardized methods of preventing, detecting, and treating skin injuries are needed. PURPOSE: The aim of this project was to standardize the assessment, documentation, and tracking of skin injuries among hospitalized neonatal patients and to determine the incidence of pressure ulcers in this patient population. METHODS: (1) Creation of an interdisciplinary skin team to identify skin injuries through weekly skin rounds...
October 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Maxim Topaz, Kenneth Lai, Dawn Dowding, Victor J Lei, Anna Zisberg, Kathryn H Bowles, Li Zhou
BACKGROUND: Electronic health records are being increasingly used by nurses with up to 80% of the health data recorded as free text. However, only a few studies have developed nursing-relevant tools that help busy clinicians to identify information they need at the point of care. OBJECTIVE: This study developed and validated one of the first automated natural language processing applications to extract wound information (wound type, pressure ulcer stage, wound size, anatomic location, and wound treatment) from free text clinical notes...
September 19, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Bernd Brüggenjürgen, Frank Andersohn, Jörg Burkowitz, Nadja Ezzat, Maren Gaudig, Stefan N Willich
BACKGROUND: The individual and societal burden of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is substantial. Identifying relevant factors deteriorating AD and inducing need for nursing care would be of high relevance for healthcare planning. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study was the identification of predictors of first assignment of a level of long-term care in AD, used as an approximation for disease progression. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study using data from a large German statutory health and long-term care insurance (SHI) company, co-morbidities and drug exposure were evaluated with respect to their predictive value for disease progression (first day the amount of daily nursing care exceeded 1...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Sabine Perrier-Bonnet
I: n Languedoc-Roussillon, the Domoplaies telemedicine project provides support to nurses experiencing difficulties with the treatment of a wound at home or in a health institute. Thanks to new communication and information technologies, doctors and nurses with expertise in wounds and wound healing can offer individualised care management.
August 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
Connie Harris, R Gary Sibbald, Asfandyar Mufti, Ranjani Somayaji
PURPOSE: To present a 10-step approach to the assessment and treatment of pilonidal sinus disease (PSD) and related wounds based on the Harris protocol, expert opinion, and a current literature review. TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care. OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to: ABSTRACT: Pilonidal sinus disease (PSD) is a common problem in young adults and particularly in males with a deep natal or intergluteal cleft and coarse body hair...
October 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Anna Polak, Luther C Kloth, Edward Blaszczak, Jakub Taradaj, Agnieszka Nawrat-Szoltysik, Anna Walczak, Lidia Bialek, Malgorzata Paczula, Andrzej Franek, Cezary Kucio
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of high-voltage monophasic pulsed current (HVMPC) as an adjunct to a standard wound care for the treatment of Stage II and III pressure ulcers (PrUs). DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical study. SETTING: Two nursing and care centers. PATIENTS: Patients with PrUs that did not respond to previous treatment for at least 4 weeks were randomly assigned to the electrical stimulation (ES) group (25 patients; mean age of 79...
October 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
K K Lehm, M S Andersen, I S Riddervold
OBJECTIVE: In Denmark, calls to the Danish emergency number 1-1-2 concerning medical emergencies are received by an emergency medical communication center (EMCC). At the EMCC, health care professionals (nurses, paramedics, and physicians) decide the necessary response, depending on the level of emergency as indicated by the Danish Index for Emergency Care. The index states 37 main criteria (symptoms) and five levels of emergency, descending from A (life threatening) to E (not serious)...
September 14, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Anna Davies, Francesca Spickett-Jones, Paula Brock, Karen Coy, Amber Young
BACKGROUND: Wound infection causes morbidity and mortality in burns. UK National Burns Care Standards state that guidance should be used to diagnose and treat burn wound infection. However, surveys of senior staff about standard operating procedures or guidance in UK burns services indicate that they are infrequently available (Papini et al., 1995; Lymperopoulos et al., 2015). Staff may have differing views and experiences of guidance use according to their role. This survey investigated the extent to which guidance is available, and current practices used for diagnosis and treatment of burn wound infection, both within and between paediatric burns services...
September 2, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
C Goullet de Rugy, I Lazareth, C You, A Stansal, P Priollet
In vascular medicine, wound care requires pluridisciplinary expertise and nursing skill. Care must be perfectly adapted to each individual patient, the specificities of each particular wound, and the underlying vascular disease. The goal is to achieve wound healing. Inappropriate care can retard healing or even aggravate the wound. The skin should be cleaned with water a non-allergic detergent and should concern the entire limb in addition to the wound itself. Fibrin or necrosis detersion is an important step that can be painful...
September 2016: Journal des Maladies Vasculaires
Usha Desai
Clinicians who treat patients with wounds need access to the resources that will enable them to deliver the best and most appropriate treatments. A partnership working initiative between Greenwich CCG Medicines management (commissioner), Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (provider) and ConvaTec (commercial partner) was set up to provide wound-care dressings and products to patients via the community services. It lead to improved access, greater patient benefits, a reduction in dressings waste, and an increase in clinical confidence to make cost-effective, evidence-based prescribing decisions...
September 2016: British Journal of Community Nursing
Jennifer Hurlow
The job of a community nurse involves effort to support wound healing. It is now well accepted in wound science that the presence of bacterial biofilm is an important risk factor for wound chronicity. Therefore, this problem is important for the community nurse to assess and address in order to avoid cost waste and to promote optimal patient quality of life. However, there exist many questions about exactly how biofilm impairs healing, how its presence can be clinically diagnosed in a wound, and how this barrier to healing can be most cost effectively treated...
September 2016: British Journal of Community Nursing
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Wound care represents about 40% of the community nursing caseload. This article in Primary Health Care describes how one NHS trust's adult community nursing teams supported self-management for wound care.
August 2016: Nursing Older People
David L B Schwappach
BACKGROUND: Open and direct communication ("speaking-up") about errors, bypassed safety rules and risky behaviours among hospital staff is required to avoid patient harm, and it is an essential characteristic of an established safety culture. In German-speaking countries, little is known about speaking-up behaviour among health care professionals (HCPs) in hospitals. METHOD: Safety concerns and speaking-up behaviours among HCPs of nine oncological units of eight hospitals were assessed using a self-administered survey...
2016: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
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