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A Special From The Editor,

 Beginning with the July/August 2020 issue, JWOCN has published a variety of articles and editorials designed to provide you with the latest research and evidence concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our patients and our specialty practice community. These have included multiple View From Here commentaries, Clinical Practice Alerts, Challenges in Practice feature articles describing the vital role of telehealth in care delivery during the pandemic, and a growing number of platform articles sharing early evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on our specialty practice. For example, this issue of JWOCN contains articles on COVID toes authored by Tara Beuscher & Sarah Andrews. The September/October issue included two contributions describing Medical Device Related Pressure Injuries and Mucosal Injuries​ in persons with COVID-19 by Tanya Martel & Dennis Orgill and Charlene Singh, Jay Tafar & Noordeen Shoriqat respectively.

I, along with my colleague Laurie McNichol, have elected to use this special From the Editor to deliver a personal and impassioned plea that you carefully review the current evidence and respond to the public health need for vaccination against COVID-19.  As practitioners of a highly respected specialty practice community delivering essential services to patients with wound, ostomy, continence and foot & nail care needs, you are a leader and influencer among your colleagues, patients, and larger community.  Surveys suggest that a large proportion of Americans are concerned about the need for vaccination and hesitant to be vaccinated. We want to remind you that your thoughtful actions, from reaching a personal decision about taking a vaccination against this deadly virus, to educating others about the evidence supporting vaccination, are more important than ever at this crucial moment as we strive to move forward toward a shared goal of overcoming this pandemic and improving the health of our entire community!   

 Respectfully,

Mikel Gray, Editor-in-Chief, JWOCN

Laurie McNichol, Past President, WOCN Society​

The Use of a Stoma Rod/Bridge to Prevent Retraction: A Systematic Review

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Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. 48(1):39-43, January/February 2021.