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Wounds International Volume 9 Issue 3

Mar 07, 2018


Welcome to the September issue of Wounds International

Welcome to the September issue of Wounds International, which we are pleased to say is available on the website, with individual PDFs available to download and the reader-friendly digital edition at your fingertips. As ever, there is a wide range of informative and practical articles that bring together expertise from all over the globe in the wound care sphere.

In my editorial, I focus on developments in the world of pressure ulcers, with new guidance recently published by NHS Improvement on the definition and measurement of pressure ulcers, which will be rolled out in nationwide as of April 2019. Looking beyond UK shores, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA) have also been working on new PU guidelines, which are due for publication next autumn, designed to teach clinicians about pressure injuries/ulcers to be used in hospitals and clinics around the world. 

Features in this issue

Optimising quality of life for people with non-healing wounds

Kevin Woo et al summarise information on the management on non-healing wounds from the literature and advocates a focus on quality of life and inter-professional management based on an individualised plan of care to optimise outcomes for patients. 

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Ten top tips: palliative wound care

Patricia Hotaling and Joyce Black provide guidance on how and when to care for a wound in a dying patient.

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The role of secondary hemorheological disorders in the pathophysiology of leg ulcers in several clinical conditions

Gregorio Caimi et al examine the clinical disorders that may be associated to a condition of secondary hyperviscosity, observed in a laboratory, and at times accompanied by the presence of leg ulcers. 

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The Sub-Epidermal Moisture (SEM) Scanner: the principles of pressure injury prevention using novel early detection technology

Amit Gefen describes the clinical incentive, physical principles and technological concepts of the SEM Scanner, which is now in clinical use in Europe.

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Seborrheic dermatitis treatment with natural honey

Hashim AlSayed Mohammed et al outline the successful treatment of a patient with seborrheic dermatitis through the topical application of natural honey.

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Moving the chronic wound along the healing trajectory 

Emilio Galea presents two case studies that demonstrate the efficacy of a sterile, non-adherent, slough-trapping, poly-absorbent fibre dressing.

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Meeting report: Go beyond — A multidisciplinary approach for the management of diabetic foot ulcers

In a symposium presented at the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) conference in May in Krakow, Poland, Maciej Zielinski et al discussed the multidisciplinary team approach and the increasing role of surgery in diabetic foot prevention and treatment, especially in the case of coexisting infection. This article provides an overview of the symposium.

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Meeting report: Novel technology for advanced wound dressings — first clinical outcomes from an international multi-disciplinary perspective

Paul Chadwick et al presented some real-life cases of using a new dressing in different clinical settings at the EWMA symposium entitled “Novel technology for advanced wound dressings — first clinical outcomes from an international multi-disciplinary perspective”, hosted by Mölnlycke Health Care.

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Remove barriers to healing: Focus on wound bed preparation

Axel Kramer et al present an article based on a symposium held at EWMA conference in May in Krakow, which was sponsored by B.Braun. The focus of the symposium was on the importance of wound bed preparation and how this can be optimised to improve healing outcomes.

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Meeting report: The gap challenge in clinical practice – how do you manage it? 

This article by Caroline Dowsett et al focuses on a EWMA symposium that tackled the clinical challenges of the wound gap — the ‘dead space’ that can present between the wound bed and the dressing.

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Best practice recommendations for the prevention and management of skin tears in aged skin: an overview

This article by Karen Campbell et al is based on a symposium held at the EWMA conference sponsored by Mölnlycke, to launch the new guidelines document by the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) ‘Best practice recommendations for the prevention and management of skin tears in aged skin’.

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Using Integra Dermal Regeneration Template (IDRT) Single Layer Thin in practice

Eric Dantzer et al present an article based on an advisory board meeting held in Paris in June 2018, and sponsored by Integra LifeSciences. The expert group was convened to discuss the use of IDRT Single Layer Thin (Integra LifeSciences) in practice with the aim of sharing real-life experiences, discussing the potential benefits and agreeing on practical tips for use.

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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

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