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October, 2008 | Volume 20 - Issue 10

Editor's Message

Dear Readers,

     I write this as I am returning from Mérida, Yucatán México, where I was honored to participate in the Secund Congreso Internacional de la Asociación Mexicana para el Cuidado Integral y Cicatrización de Heridas (AMCICHAC). Dr. José Contreras Ruiz and his organizing committee did an excellent job organizing and directing only their second national wound care meeting. I am very impressed and excited for this multispecialty group of wound care providers. They have committed themselves to “wound care education, clinical practice of wound care, research,


1. Contreras Ruiz J, AMCICHAC president, 2007–2009. La Misión de la AMCICHAC. Presented at: the second International Congress of the Mexican Association for the Integral Care and Healing of Wounds; September 20–23, 2008; Mérida, Yucatán. ...

Foam Dressings: Are We There Yet?

Foam Dressings on Chronic or Acute Wounds

  Reference: Chaby G, Senet P, Vaneau M, et al. Dressings for acute and chronic wounds: a systematic review. Arch Dermatol. 2007;143(10):1297–1304.

  Rationale: In the United States more than 1.25 million individuals are treated for burns and more than 6.5 million are treated for chronic pressure, venous, or diabetic ulcers. Professionals involved in the wound care medical arena have known for half a century that moisture-retentive dressings promote wound healing and reduce pain and healin...

The AAWC Global Alliance

   During the opening session of the 2006 SAWC in San Antonio, Texas, the AAWC launched the World Wound Care Alliance, now called the AAWC-Global Alliance. This is a volunteer program designed to provide underserved countries of the world with wound care education concerning management of a number of frequently encountered wounds, including edema and lymphedema. Teams now have traveled to Cambodia, India, and Peru. The reports from the Cambodian and Indian teams are in this issue of WOUNDS. Other volunteer teams are scheduled to return to Peru and India during the fall of...

Perspectives From the First AAWC Global Alliance Project

Address correspondence to: Mary Jo Geyer, PT, PhD, FCCWS, CLT-LANA, C.Ped Limbtegrity™ LLC 1611 Merriman Court Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Phone: 412-496-7100 E-mail: maryjogeyer@mac.com


“See me, Feel me, Touch me, Heal me.”

     (from Tommy, The Who, 1969)    Those of you who came of age in the 1970s and 80s may remember the rock opera, Tommy, by The Who. I apologize to Pete Townshend for the use of his lyrics, but the metaphor was irresistible. Tommy, a deaf, dumb, and blind boy, experiences a miracle an...

Healing Wounds in Cambodia

Address correspondence to: Thomas E. Serena, MD, FACS The Serena Group 552 Quaker Hill Rd. Warren, PA 16365 E-mail: serena@healingwounds.com

   In 15 years as a general and vascular surgeon, I have witnessed unspeakable tragedy in the trauma room. Everything from having children die in my arms after suffering abuse from their parents to telling countless patients the dismal truth that they have incurable cancer, to wading through wound clinics across the United States. However, none of these experiences prepared me for Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The surgeon...

Effect of Hyaluronic Acid-carboxymethylcellulose Adhesion Barrier on Wound Healing: An Experimental Study

Address correspondence to: Erdinc Kamer, MD Department of Surgery Izmir Ataturk Training and Research Hospital 1834 sk. No: 9/4, 35530 Karsiyaka, Izmir Turkey E-mail: erdinc.kamer@gmail.com Phone: 0090 232 244 4444

Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of hyaluronic acid-carboxymethylcellulose (HA-CMC) membrane on the healing process of wounds in rats. One hundred animals were assigned randomly into two equal groups. Midline laparotomies were performed. In group 1, a 5-cm x 3-cm piece of HA-CMC membrane was placed under the lapar...

A Comparison of Three Silver-containing Dressings in the Treatment of Infected, Chronic Wounds

Address correspondence to: Jose Verdu, PhD University of Alicante Ap. De Correos, 99 03080, Alicante Spain Phone: 0034 64 997 8317 E-mail: pepe.verdu@ua.es...

Quantitation of Bacteria in Clean, Nonhealing, Chronic Wounds

Address correspondence to: George T. Rodeheaver, PhD Plastic Surgery Research University of Virginia Health System Box 801351 Charlottesville, VA 22908-1351 Phone: 434-924-2126 E-mail: grt3s@virginia.edu

Abstract: Quantitative swabs were obtained from 30 clean, chronic wounds on 30 different patients during one visit. The number of organisms and the predominant organism were determined. All samples were processed under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Nineteen (63%) of the 30 clean wounds had bacterial levels that were ≥ 105 cfu/cm2...

Patient Satisfaction With a Tissue Adhesive in Preauricular Fistulectomy

Address correspondence to: Dong-Hee Lee, MD Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Uijeongbu, St. Mary’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea #65-1 Gumoh-dong, Uijeongbu City, Gyeonggi-do 480-717, Korea Phone: 82-31-820-3564 E-mail: leedh0814@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract: Objective. To evaluate the usefulness of Dermabond® (octyl-2-cyanoacrylate) tissue adhesive, and to provide advice on its use for patients undergoing preauricular fistulectomy. Study design. A retrospective, IRB-approved, case-control study. Methods. This...

Wound Care Practice, 2nd edition

Editors: Paul J. Sheffield, PhD and Caroline E. Fife, MD,      Best Publishing Company; Flagstaff, AZ: 2007      Dr. Paul Sheffield and Dr. Caroline Fife have produced a monumental work with Wound Care Practice, 2nd edition. The first edition was slightly more than 800 pages, but this edition has been expanded to more than 1200 pages in 2 volumes.      The second edition of Wound Care Practice covers the entire spectrum of wound care and can be used as both a textbook and reference book for all wound care clinicians. Each topic...

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