Pressure ulcer prevention is one of the areas that WOC nurses rightfully claim as the heart of their practice. Despite the amazing progress that has been made on pressure ulcer preventive strategies and innovative approaches, there is still much to be explored and achieved as is evidenced by the variety of manuscripts on the subject highlighted in this edition. You will want to read The VCU Pressure Ulcer Summit, as this executive summary reports an important collaborative effort of clinicians, researchers, professional organizations, informatics, quality improvement and regulators to address topics that limit our ability to implement best practices for pressure ulcer prevention.
This issue also contains research reports about two different specific pressure ulcer prevention interventions of interest to wound care clinicians. Tamara Bush and colleagues compare a pillow versus a wedge system for positioning patients at risk for sacral pressure ulcer development in their article A Comparison of Pressure Mapping Between Two Pressure-Reducing Methods for the Sacral Region. Stephanie Miller and colleagues analyze the pressure redistributing properties of a silicone border foam as a part of a heel pressure ulcer prevention program in their article available at this link.
The Journal's exclusive Published Ahead of Print (PAP) early edition feature also has an article by Petra Lawrence, Paul Fulbrook and Sandra Miles sharing the results of their cross-sectional survey titled A Survey of Australian Nurses' Knowledge of Pressure Injury/Pressure Ulcer Management. Identifying knowledge deficits of staff and and designing focused educational strategies is a global issue, and this is a must read for all WOC nurses charged with staff education.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN Editor-in-Chief