Survey participants are needed for a Skin Tear Research Initiative. Wound care clinicians Kim LeBlanc, MN, RN, CETN (C), IIWCC, and Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWCN, APN, DAPWCA, FAAN, are researching current practices in the prevention and management of skin tears and are seeking practitioners to participate in a brief online survey. The purpose of the anonymous survey is to develop a consensus statement to outline strategies for assessing, preventing, and treating skin tears. To complete the survey, visit http://www.skintears.org and enter the password: ST2010.
A new version of hydrofiber, ACQUACEL and ACQUACEL Ag, from ConvaTec, Skillman, New Jersey, with improved tensile strength and narrower width is now available for excised abscesses and wounds with tunneling and undermining. The hydrofiber absorbs and locks in moderate to large volumes of exudate, surface bacteria, and other harmful components.