November/December 2017 - Volume 44 - Issue 6

  • Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
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December is here, and for many of us that means cold weather, hectic schedules, and holidays. But, in the midst of it all we must stay up to date on best evidence and recommended best practice. The JWOCN Nov/Dec issue provides cutting-edge research, novel synthesis of existing knowledge, and unique concepts from the best minds in WOC nursing.

The Continence Care section is filled with thought-provoking research by Fernando and Wagg focusing on elders' perception of acceptable wait times after incontinence episodes. JWOCN's latest EBRC presents best evidence and recommendations for use of bowel management devices (Beeson et al). Check out the other continence related articles in this issue.

The Wound Care section highlights research on hyperbaric oxygen therapy (Chen et al & George et al), diabetic foot ulcers and negative pressure wound therapy (Lee et al), and risk factors for vascular graft infection (Ratliff et al).

The Ostomy Care section presents research related to use of the Internet by patients with an ostomy (Pittman et al) and a qualitative study of patients with an emergent ostomy (Herlufson). In addition to these high-quality, best-evidence articles, there is a must-read Challenges in Practice article that focuses on five neonates with pouching challenges.

Finally, two guest commentaries encourage us to think beyond our usual boundaries and preconceptions. WOCN past President Kathleen Lawrence motivates us all to be engaged in legislative policy and advocacy, and Leanne Richbourg's view of the nasal vestibule makes us re-evaluate how we classify pressure injuries in this area.

Deputy Editor: Joyce Pittman, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CWOCN

Vascular Graft Infection: Incidence and Potential Risk Factors

Ratliff, Catherine R.; Strider, David; Flohr, Tanya; More

Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing. 44(6):524-527, November/December 2017.

Preparation for Continence Recertification: Professional Growth Program or Examination

Thompson, Jeannine L.

Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing. 44(6):E3-E6, November/December 2017.

Neonatal ostomy management is challenging even under the best circumstances. When complex circumstances are encountered, creative pouching techniques must be employed. Novel Pouching Techniques for the Neonate With Fecal Ostomies describes management of 5 neonates with problematic ostomies.