January/February 2018 - Volume 45 - Issue 1

  • Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN
  • 1071-5754
  • 1528-3976
  • 6 issues per year
  • 1.359
    5 Year Impact:1.601

As we embark on 2018, setting goals and priorities for the New Year, the Jan/Feb JWOCN issue is full of cutting edge research that is clinically relevant for the WOC clinician. Important, clinically relevant research comparing various effective interventions for ostomy, wound, and continence practice is presented as you address challenging and complex patient situations.

Randomized control trial design is limited in our specialty but this issue offers three rigorous RCTs; two ostomy-related studies, A Randomized Controlled Trial Determining Variances in Ostomy Skin Conditions and the Economic Impact (ADVOCATE Trial), Urinary Sample Collection Methods in Ileal Conduit Urinary Diversion Patients: A Randomized Control Trial and one continence-related study, Comparison of 3 Different Teaching Methods for a Behavioral Therapy Program for Female Overactive Bladder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. This issue also provides three valuable wound-related studies, one on thermal imaging,Sacral Skin Temperature Assessed by Thermal Imaging: Role of Patient Vascular Attributes, medical-adhesive related skin injury, Medical Adhesive–Related Skin Injury Prevalence at the Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Insertion Site: A Cross-sectional, Multiple-Center Study and another on prediction modeling for pressure injury, Artificial Neural Network: A Method for Prediction of Surgery-Related Pressure Injury in Cardiovascular Surgical Patients. In addition, JWOCN’s evidence-based report card describes the best evidence on the use of prophylactic dressings to decrease heel pressure injuries, Do Prophylactic Foam Dressings Reduce Heel Pressure Injuries. Challenges in Practice presents successful management of calcinosis cutis using evidence-based wound healing principles, Calcinosis Cutis: WOC Nurse Management. All of these important articles offer the WOC clinician valuable information for immediate and relevant practical application for patients with WOC conditions.

Deputy Editor: Joyce Pittman, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CWOCN

This month's images come from the article Calcinosis Cutis: WOC Nurse Management by Debra Netsch.

Note the wrist ulceration in this 71 year old female at baseline evaluation and 12 weeks later. Can you identify the change in this wound?