Based on the popular demand from experts in the specialized field of wound, ostomy and continence nursing, I am pleased to announce that this issue marks the return of our Evidence-Based Report Card feature. This must-read article answers the question, does colostomy irrigation improve bowel elimination function and health-related quality of life, and is available at this link.
This edition also features two studies that will be important to clinicians involved in the prevention of pressure ulcers, particularly in the acute inpatient setting. Joan Webster and colleagues examine the incidence of surgically acquired pressure ulcers in their article Incidence and Risk factors for Surgically Acquired Pressure Ulcers: A Prospective Cohort Study Investigators. Joyce Pittman and colleagues use an innovative approach in developing a position statement for medical device-related pressure ulcer identification and management in their article available at this link.
The Journal's Published Ahead of Print (PAP) features two important position statements developed by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society in collaboration with The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American Urological Association. These position statements support the imporatnce of marking the optimal stoma location preoperatively and serve as a guide to clinicians who have not been educated in the intracacies of selecting an effective stoma site location. The statement for fecal stoma siting is available at this link. The statement for urinary stoma siting is available here.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN Editor-in-Chief
Please note the change in address for our JWOCN Managing Editor:
Gary Mawyer, Managing Editor