This issue features the long-awaited results of the WOCN Society's initiative to develop an evidence and consensus-based algorithm on support surface selection for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. The document has undergone vigorous content validation by a world-class group of clinicians. Laurie McNichol, Carolyn Watts, Dianne Mackey, Janice Beitz and Mikel Gray summarize the process leading to an algotithm for support surface selection in the article Identifying the Right Surface for the Right Patient at the Right Time: Generation and Content Validation of an Algorithm for Supprot Surface Selection. This is a must read for anyone involved in any aspect of patient safety initiatives on pressure ulcer prevention and treatment.
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