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 WOCN Society's Clinical Practice Ostomy Task Force presents a new Best Practice document for discharge planning in patients with a new ostomy. Authored by Anita Printz, Janice Colwell, Heidi Cross, Janet Mantel, Jacqueline Perkins and Cynthia Walker, the article available at this link deftly summarizes the essential elements of discharge planning for the patients transitioning from hospital to home care and is a wonderful addition to the science base on ostomy care.
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN Editor-in-Chief