news detail

Wounds International Volume 9 Issue 1

Mar 07, 2018


Welcome to the February issue of Wounds International

Greetings from a very snowy UK — while writing this, the view from my office is reminiscent of a scene out of Miracle on 34th Street as the UK continues to be hit by the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ combined with Storm Emma. I’m pleased to announce that the latest issue of Wounds International is now live on the website, with individual PDFs available to download and the reader-friendly digital edition at your fingertips. There was an exciting development in the UK in November 2017, when a debate was tabled in the House of Lords by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath regarding the development of a nationwide strategy for improving the standards of wound care. I discuss this and the importance of wound care strategy in general in my editorial. Hopefully this time next year, the UK government! t will have produced a snow strategy! Read more

Features in this issue

Skin tears: the underappreciated enemy of ageing skin

Kimberly LeBlanc and Sharon Baranoski provide a brief overview of the prevalence and incidence of skin tears among ageing individuals while highlighting the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel’s skin tears prevention and management framework.

Read more

Characteristics of intensive care unit (ICU) patients with pressure ulcers present on admission, acquired in ICU or no ulceration: a retrospective cohort study

Maarit Ahtiala et al display the findings of a retrospective observational cohort study involving 8,336 patients that looked into the characteristics of ICU patients in Finland with pressure ulcers on admission, acquired in ICU or that had no ulceration.

Read more

Ten top tips: end of life pressure injuries

Patricia Hotaling and Joyce Black provide the latest instalment of the top tips series by focusing on how to manage and treat patients with pressure injuries who are at the end of life.

Read more

Evaluation of the WIfI classification system in older patients with diabetes 

Maria Pilar Vela et al examine the benefits and limitations of the WIfI classification, specifically in relation to older patients with diabetes.

Read more

Managing inflammation by means of polymeric membrane dressings in pressure ulcer prevention?

Amit Gefen undertakes a literature review examining the role of polymeric membrane dressings in managing inflammation and preventing pressure ulcers.

Read more

Assessment and consideration of foot risk factors is essential for proactive prevention of hospital-acquired foot pressure injuries?

Jo Scheepers conducts a study to see if high-risk feet were also identified as ‘at risk of ulceration’ by the Braden Score.

Read more

Amit Jain’s Triple Assessment of Foot in Diabetes — a rapid screening tool

Amit Jain introduces his fast and easy Triple Assessment of Foot in Diabetes screening tool with expert commentary from Tanzim Khan and David G. Armstrong.

Read more

Case series: ALLEVYN LIFE Non-Bordered foam dressing for managing moderate to heavily exuding wounds?

Leanne Atkin et al outline six case studies describing the use of ALLEVYN LIFE Non-Bordered foam dressing (Smith & Nephew) in the management of moderate to heavily exuding diabetic foot, venous and pressure ulcers.

Read more

The use of Prontosan® in combination with Askina® Calgitrol®: an independent case series

Liezl Naude details a case study series designed to evaluate the efficacy of a biofilm remover/cleanser in gel form, Prontosan® (B Braun), together with the use of an ionic releasing silver alginate, Askina® Calgitrol® Paste (B Braun) or Askina® Calgitrol® Thin (B Braun), when used on infected wounds.

Read more

Meeting report: 'Raising the Bar' — creating a better tomorrow

Wounds International provides an overview of the one-day ‘Raising the Bar’ conference in Singapore held by Wounds International and supported by an educational grant from Urgo International on October 15, 2017.

Read more

Writing for Wounds International

Wounds International welcomes a range of articles relating to the clinical, professional and educational aspects of wound care. If you have written an article for publication or if you are interested in writing for us and would like to discuss an idea for an article, please contact the editor, Adam Bushby, at

SOMETHING NEW FOR 2018 — WUWHS consensus document on surgical wound dehiscence

In 2016 at their 5th Congress in Florence, the WUWHS was delighted to launch a series of consensus documents on wound-related topics. One of these was ‘Closed surgical incision management: understanding the role of NPWT’. The document has raised awareness and kindled interest in the important and costly issue of surgical wound complications. We are very pleased to announce that a further international consensus document — ’Surgical wound dehiscence – improving prevention and management’ — has now been launched. Smith & Nephew have kindly supported this important document.

Click here to access

More News


Become a valued member - be part of the most dynamic organisation in the UK for Lymphoedema Professionals! BLS currently has over four hundred members. Nurses and Physiotherapists form the major section of the membership along with doctors, Occupational therapists and Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapists. Membership is open to all healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in lymphoedema and its treatment, and to corporations and industrial groups that contribute to the advancement