Editor-in-Chief: Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
ISSN: 1071-5754
Online ISSN: 1528-3976
Frequency: 6 issues per year
Impact Factor: 0.969; 5 Year IF - 1.206
From the Editor

Pressure Injury Prevalence and Demographic Trends

WOC nurses are often charged with facility-wide pressure injury prevention programs as well as the ongoing monitoring and data collection of this patient safety measure.  In this issue, Catherine VanGilder and colleagues present 10 years of U.S. pressure ulcer prevalence and demographic data by care setting in their manuscript titled The International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Survey: 2006-2015. This study includes data from 918,621 patients whose facilities voluntarily participated in the annual International Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Survey facilitated by Hill-Rom, Inc. The prevalence data showed decline over the 10 years in all practice settings, while Braden risk scores remained constant and the weight of patients increased over that same time frame.  This data will be interesting to clinicians who have worked hard to implement pressure injury prevention programs in their facilities.

Professional Practice

This issue's platform article by Stephanie Yates and colleagues report of consensus-based interventions for medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI) is avaialable at this link.  This qualifies as a must read article because of its focus on this unique area of the specialty practice and because it provides the most detailed description of adhesive technology ever published in professional health care literature.



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​Updates on the WOCN Society's Support Surface Algorithm

by Laurie McNichol, MSN, RN, CNS, GNP, CWOCN, CWON-AP, FAAN and Chris Carchidi, MBA

 As 2016 nears the end, we have much to celebrate and commemorate.  One of these is the Support Surface algorithm in its new updated version.  It has been nearly two years since the JWOCN published the original work.  In that time span, clinicians from around the world have accessed this clinical tool more than 18,000 times.  The developers have presented this valuable guide at conferences across the country, starting with the WOCN Society's 47th Annual Meeting in 2015.  It has continued to draw attention from outside of WOC specialty practice, including recognition from the American Nurses Association.

Given the success of the Society's compression therapy for venous leg ulcers algorithm, which includes a brand name product formulary, the developers further refined the Support Surface algorithm for optimal use across the continuum of care by building a similar formulary featuring popular brand name mattresses and overlays.  The developers completed this new formulary and integrated it into the electronic version of the algorithm.  You can now access the newly updated support surface algorithm to explore the product formulary in full detail.  You can also expect to see an article in JWOCN soon describing the update in more detail.

In addition, the Society and algorithm creators are in the process of developing a FREE continuing education course that will include information on how to incorporate this algorithm into practice including some patient case scenarios.  Look for more information on this course from the Society in early 2017.  In the meantime, the Society is interested in knowing how this tool has helped your practice and clinical outcomes.  You are encouraged to contact them by writing to share@wocn.org.

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May/June 2012
Scientific and Clinical Abstracts From the WOCN(R) Society's 44th Annual Conference: Charlotte, North Carolina, June 9-13, 2012


March/April 2012
Essential Resources From the WOCN Society: A Special Supplement to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing


July/August 2011 Review of 2010 Evidence for WOC and Foot Care Nursing Practice

July/August 2010 Review of 2009 Evidence for WOC Nursing Practice 

November/December 2009 Collagenase Ointment for the Debridement of Chronic Wounds 

July/August 2009 Review of the Evidence for WOC Nursing Practice 2007-2008

November/December 2006 Moisture-Control Dressings in Wound Care 

May/June 2005 Overactive Bladder

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Official Journal of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

The WOCN Society and the JWOCN is proud to announce a collaborative relationship with the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) to provide the Journal as a membership benefit.  Join us in welcoming our new CAET readers as both organizations work to promote educational, clinical and research opportunities for their members.

To receive access to the online journal, society members use their customer information on JWOCN or may log-in through the WOCN website in the members-only area. Please click below:

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Announcement: New Journal Email Address

The e-mail address for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing has changed. 

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Getting Ready for Certification

​​​​Are you looking to take the WOCNCB certification examination for wound, ostomy, continence or foot care?  The Journal is one place to go to help you prepare. Our Topical Collections features all of our Getting Ready for Certification Collections to help you be successful.  These articles include common terminology, study hints, analysis of certification questions, and sample study questions.  To access all of these features, follow this link.

In addition to these Getting Ready for Certification features, the Journal is also a place to find relevant continuing education articles.  If you are looking to recertify using the Professional Growth pathway, specialty practice continuing education articles are available at this link.

Image of the Month

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The Image of the Month is taken from the Resolving Epibole With Polymeric Membrane Dressings.  Kimberly Bare and Jerri Drain report the unique challenges of identifying epibole in chronic wounds and management of this practice challenge in patients who are unable to be treated with the traditional interventions of silver nitrate or sharp debridement.  They report the results of a case series using a polymeric membrane dressing applied over a rolled gauze used as a bolster to flatten and open the wound edge.  This image is after 112 days of this dressing procedure.