July/August 2017 - Volume 44 - Issue 4

  • Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
  • 1071-5754
  • 1528-3976
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This issue of JWOCN focuses on clinical challenges related to rare and uncommon skin conditions. Our Continuing Education feature focuses on the ever popular Evidenced-Based Report Card. Lee Ann Krapfl, Julia Langin, Caitlin Pike and Patricia Pezzella review the current literature to address the effectiveness of incremental repositioning or weight shifts in the prevention of buttocks pressure injuries in the criticall ill patient deemed too unstable to turn.  This article is a must read in wound clinicians practicing in acute care and is available at this link.

Our knowledge of medical device-related pressure injuries is incomplete and additional research is urgently needed. Mary Arnold Long, Melissa Ayer and Kathleen Borchert add to our knowledge base by reporting on the prevalence of this condition in 3 geographically diverse settings. You will want to read this clinically relevant report available at this link.

This issue's Ostomy Care section opens with an article from Charu Tanja, Debra Netsch, Bonnie Sue Rolstad, Gary Inglese, Lois Lamerato and Gerry Oster describing the clinical and economic burden caused by peristomal skin complications in persons with ostomies. This article, available at this link, addresses a severely understudied area in WOC nursing practice.


JWOCN Editor-in-Chief​

Revisions to Pressure Injury Nomenclature (Formerly Known as Pressure Ulcers)

Terrell, Camillia

Journal of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing . 44(4):E3-E5, July/August 2017.


​The Image of the Month is taken from the Clinical Challenges feature available here. This section serves a variety of purposes; it acts as a platform for innovative clinical practices, a forum for presenting new approaches for solving perisitent and complex problems in WOC specialty nursing practice, and the destination for choice for case studies of rare phenomenon of special interest to WOC nurses.

Mary Famorca, Debra Beauchaine and Nancy Angulo present the case of a 33-year old with calciphylaxis lesions affecting the peristomal skin. Follow this link to read more about this exceptionally rare presentation of calcific uremic arteriolopathy.