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 first feature is 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.
Patients in acute and long-term care settings receive daily personal hygiene utilizing a variety of skin care products. But what is the clinical efficacy or therpeutic benefits to these routines and practices? In their article titledEvidence-Based Skin Care, 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 involved in building product formularies or developing personal hygiene protocols.
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.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN Editor-in-Chief