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From the  Editor

What an absolutely amazing 2021 WOCNext conference!!!  So many interesting presentations, exciting posters, and networking opportunities.  As always, Mikel and I encourage you to flip your presentations and posters into papers and enthusiastically invite your submissions.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or want to float an idea by us through [email protected].

Equally as exciting is this issue's abundant variety of informative articles.  Check out our CE offering, and in particular, Bates & Ercolano very helpful Simple Wound Care Guideline for minor skin lesions.  The authors describe their very detailed yet practical process for enhancing nursing practice around product selection, implementation, and utilization of a new institutional-based guideline. This “at your fingertips" approach was developed to facilitate quick decision-making around common skin problems encountered in the hospital setting.  Their guideline-development model is one that is easily adoptable for any environment of care and we thank them for sharing their pearls. 

Speaking of nursing practice, Carolyn Crumley provides a View from Here (VFH) on odor management, one of the most distressing symptoms encountered by our patients, and for which highly effective approaches continue to elude WOC nurses.  The Journal is a foremost leader in publishing odor controlled clinical trials and qualitative studies (e.g., Villela-Castro and colleagues and Park and colleagues)​, reviews (e.g., Akhmetova and colleagues) and guidelines (e.g., Wound, Ostomy and Continence Society Guideline Development Task Force) for care of various types of wounds and ostomies and individuals suffering with incontinence.   We encourage you to take a look at this body of knowledge, and the VFH elegantly presented by Dr. Crumley, as your “go-to" evidence-based source of odor management information.

Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN

​Deputy Editor

Development and Implementation of a Simple Wound Care Guideline for Minor Skin Lesions: A Quality Improvement Project

Bates, Alexandra Nicole; Ercolano, Elizabeth

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. 48(4):285-291, July/August 2021.

Biomarker Prediction of Postoperative Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Retrospective Observational Study of Serum Albumin

Cheng, Pu; Dong, Yunxian; Hu, Zhicheng; More

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. 48(4):339-344, July/August 2021.