Congratulations! By visiting jwocnonline, you are ready to access the Journal's exclusive Published Ahead of Print (PAP) early edition feature. PAP allows the Journal to bring you the latest information before it appears in the printed edition. These sneak peaks constitute the same must read information you have come to expect in the printed edition of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, available only to the sophisticated user of jwocnonline. While you to visit all of the features, here are a few that have significant impact on the full scope of WOC nurse practice.
The PAP article titled Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients Living With Enterocutaneous Fistulas Community-Dwelling Persons is the result of a quantitative and qualitative study byJo Hoeflok, Melodie Jarmillo, Tin Li, and Nancy Baxter measuring life satisfaction, work and social functioning, body image, financial concerns and skin irritation in community-dwelling patients with enterocutaneous fistulas. WOC nurses caring for ECFs already know many of the challenges, but this must read article furthers our understanding of the patent experience.
This edition features an article focusing on current best evidence, best practices, and their application to a skin care algorithm that can be used in multiple health care settings. In the article titled Evidence-Based Skin Care: A Systematic Literature Review and the Development of a Basic Skin Care Algorithim, the authors share the results of their systematic literature review as the basis for a basic skin care algorithm, resulting in standardized skin care and a reduction in the number of skin care products. This is a must read feature for any WOC nurse seeking to elevate skin care from a basic hygiene task to a preventive intervention essential for care in our increasingly prevention-driven health care system.
Every WOC nurse involved in pressure ulcer prevention has likely heard about the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel's efforts at establishing a common language for support surfaces, standardizing tests for evaluating characteristics and features of these surfaces and developing methods for evaluating their effectiveness. The article Standardizing Support Surface Testing and Reporting: A National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel's Executive Summary gives the outcome of their ground-breaking task.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN