Volume 20 - Issue 10 - October, 2008

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



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,



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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