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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
Ranking: Nursing 42/101
Impact Factor: 0.933
From the Editor

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Welcome to JWOCNOnline.com.  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 print 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.

This month's PAP features a descriptive, cross-sectional study by Catherine Ratliff titled Factors Related to Ostomy Leakage in the Community Setting.  The results of her study revealed some interesting variables that may be significant predictors of leaking.  This is a must read for ostomy clinicians looking to improve the their rehabilitation and educational efforts for ostomy patients living in the community.

Ostomy nurses practicing in an acute care setting will be interested in The Efficacy of Gum Chewing in Reducing Postoperative Ileus.  This article reports the results of a multisite randomized controlled study to determine if this specific intervention can impact the duration of postoperative ileus symptoms following sigmoid colectomy.

Every WOC nurse knows that ensuring adequate nutritional support is an essential component of chronic wound care, but comparatively less is known about assessing patients for micro nutritional deficits and correcting these deficits.  The CE feature of this issue titled Learning the Oral and Cutaneous Signs of Micronutrient Deficiencies qualifies as a must read for any wound care specialist who manages chronic wounds and is available following this link.



Mikel Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN                                                               


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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.

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Image of the Month



The Image of the Month is taken from the Challenges in Practice feature.  Authors Amy Jeffers, Pamela Maxson, Susan Thompson, Heather McCormick and Robert Cima describe a series of case studies combining negative pressure wound therapy with noncontact low-frequency ultrasound in the treatment of open abdominal wounds in their article Combined Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Ultrasonic MIST Therapy for Open Surgical Wounds: A Case Series.  Additional clinical articles on negative pressure wound therapy are available in Topical Collections.

Test Your Knowledge

An 85-year old bed-bound male patient is a new admission to your home care practice.  He presents with dry eschar covering the left calcaneous.  there is no drainage, erythema, or induration.  He has nonpalpable pedal pulses and his heels are offloaded with foam boots.  Which of the following would be the most appropriate intervention?

A. Conservative sharp debridement

B. Paint eschar with providone-iodine solution

C. Surgical consult for debridement

D. Enzymatic debridement with crosshatching

For the correct answer with rationale and references, refer to the Getting Ready for Certification feature titled Study Hints, Know Your Wound Terminology.  Additional resources are available to help prepare you for wound certification in ourTopical Collections.