July/August 2017 - Volume 44 - Issue 4

  • Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
  • 1071-5754
  • 1528-3976
  • 6 issues per year
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Summer is quickly flying by! Hope you have had a chance to read the JWOCN July/August issue which focuses on several important areas that most WOC nurses face every day.

Pressure Injuries?
The EBRC by Lee Ann Krapfl, Julia Langin, Caitlin Pike and Patricia Pezzella examines current literature on the effectiveness of incremental repositioning or weight shifts in the prevention of buttocks pressure injuries in patients deemed to critically ill to turn. This article is a must read for wound clinicians practicing in acute care and is available at this link.

Are medical device-related pressure injuries a problem only in acute care? The answer is no. Read the Mary Arnold Long, Melissa Ayer and Kathleen Borchert article reporting on the prevalence of this condition in 3 LTAC settings. You will want to read this clinically relevant report available at this link.

For those of you interested in the atypical wounds specific to ostomies, read the article entitled: Management of a Complex Peristomal Calciphylaxis: A Case Study by Famorca, Mary and colleagues.

We know peristomal skin complications are prevalent. What interventions are making a difference? See the results of a study by Audrey Stokes and colleagues implementing a preoperative stoma education group class for new stoma patients. Institution of a Preoperative Stoma Education Group Class Decreases Rate of Peristomal Complications in New Stoma Patients.

Are you a Continence nurse? YES you are!
Suprapubic catheters changing methods? Here is some evidence! Read Suprapubic Catheter Change Methods: A Crossover Comparison Cohort Trial by Alyson Sweeney

Disposable pad versus reusable underpads for prevention of IAD AND Pressure Injuries. Is there a difference? Read the article by Kathleen Francis and colleagues Disposable Versus Reusable Absorbent Underpads for Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis and Pressure Injuries

There are other articles in this current issue you MUST not miss: MMP-8 in pressure injuries and spinal cord injured patients managed with NPWT; Use of noncontact low-frequency ultrasound in DTPI; HRQOL and Sleep disorders in patients with a Urostomy and others.

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

Revisions to Pressure Injury Nomenclature (Formerly Known as Pressure Ulcers)

Terrell, Camillia

Journal of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing . 44(4):E3-E5, July/August 2017.


​The Image of the Month is taken from the Clinical Challenges feature available here. This section serves a variety of purposes; it acts as a platform for innovative clinical practices, a forum for presenting new approaches for solving perisitent and complex problems in WOC specialty nursing practice, and the destination for choice for case studies of rare phenomenon of special interest to WOC nurses.

Mary Famorca, Debra Beauchaine and Nancy Angulo present the case of a 33-year old with calciphylaxis lesions affecting the peristomal skin. Follow this link to read more about this exceptionally rare presentation of calcific uremic arteriolopathy.