Wound Care

Pressure ulcers

Choosing a support surface to prevent pressure ulcers

Nurses in various settings and practices must navigate the complex process of preventing and treating pressure ulcers. Support surfaces play a pivotal role in this process; clinicians use them to redistribute pressure, reduce shearing...

Staying out of sticky situations: How to choose the right tape for your patient

Are you using the wrong kind of medical tape on your patients? Although we strive to provide the safest care possible, some nurses may not realize that medical tape used to secure tubes and...
Excessive opioids

Excessive opioids lead to a close call for a burn patient

Tim Waters, age 28, is admitted to a burn intensive care unit for treatment after a natural gas explosion in his home causes deep partial- and full-thickness burns to 20% of his body surface...

FDA approves new drug for skin infections

On August 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Orbactiv (oritavancin), a new antibacterial drug to treat adults with skin infections. Read more.

FDA allows marketing of military dressing

On April 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is allowing marketing of an expandable, multi-sponge wound dressing to control the bleeding from certain types of wounds received in battle. For...

Quality-improvement initiative: Classifying and documenting surgical wounds

Interprofessional collaboration promoted a successful initiative to improve wound classification.

Study: High glucose in patients with diabetes increases risk of dehiscence after surgery for...

A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that preoperative and postoperative hyperglycemia and elevated A1c in patients with diabetes increases the risk of dehiscence after surgical wound closure. Read more.

Battlefield nursing at the Boston Marathon

Three yellow balloons danced through the air, hovering over the finish line after being released by the bomb blast that brought the 2013 Boston Marathon to a catastrophic close on April 15. We may...

Is your wound-cleansing practice up to date?

Do you know how to choose-and correctlyuse-the appropriate agent to clean your patient's wound?

Study: Job strain in women increases CVD risk

Women with high job strain are 38% more likely to experience a cardiovascular disease (CVD) event than those who report low job strain, according to a 10-year study of 22,086 women. Read More.

How to manage incontinence-associated dermatitis

Please click here to read How to manage incontinence-associated dermatitis from Wound Care Advisor.

Nonsurgery intervention effective for carefully selected patients with penetrating abdominal wounds

A study of the use of selective non-operative management (SNOM) for gunshot and stab abdominal wounds found that the practice increased from 2002 to 2008 and that it’s successful in most cases. However, failure...

Pilot program trains home health aides to provide nursing care in the home

A pilot program in New Jersey reports success with having nurses delegate certain tasks to home health aides caring for Medicare beneficiaries. The most common task delegated was medication administration; other tasks included blood...