Patients with incontinence use of a variety of products, ranging from indwelling and intermittent catheters, urinal and toileting devices, along with body worn absorbent products, underpdads and related products. Beginning in the 1990s, advances in behavioral, pharmacologic, and surgical approaches resulted in ambivalent attitudes toward these products as inferior to other methods for management or (at best) a temporary means for concealing incontinence until the patient underwent more "definitive" therapy. Recent evidence and clinical experience amply demonstrate the folly of this overly simplistic approach to incontinence care. Thanks to an unrestricted grant from Domtar Personal Care, Inc., this issue of JWOCN includes results of a scoping review and consensus conference that examined selection, use and evaluation of body worn products for patients with fecal and urinary incontinence. Click here to read more about this underserved area of care.
This issue also features a timely study that not only demonstrates feasibility and outcomes of palliative ostomy surgery in patients with advanced stage colorectal tumors causing obstruction; it also premieres an important new format for reporting the latest in WOC nursing practice, the Brief Research Communication. This new format provides you with succinct but informative reports of cutting edge research in WOC nursing practice.
Along with 4 other cutting edge articles, this issue examines the effectiveness of a pressure injury prevention bundle on pressure injury occurrences in acutely and critically ill infants and children. Click here to learn more about this multisite study of pressure injury prevention in a pediatric population in the United States.
Editor-in-Chief - Mikel L. Gray, PhD, FNP, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN