wound care

Becoming a wound and ostomy nurse

People sometimes ask how I can tolerate my work, but I love being a wound and ostomy nurse. I’ll admit that, when performing an assessment, I don’t always love…

Pressure injury assessment

A Pressure Injury (PI) assessment is a written record or picture of the status and progress that the PI is making. Assessments should include a record of your…

Skin failure: A historical perspective

Kennedy terminal ulcer. Kennedy lesion. Skin failure. Skin changes at life’s end. Terminal ulcers. Trombley-Brennan terminal tissue injury. End-stage skin. Skin changes associated with dying. Decubitus ominosus. Unavoidable…

Skin manifestations with COVID-19

The Purple Skin and Toes that you are seeing may not be Deep Tissue Pressure Injury Many reports are occurring concerning areas of purpuric/purple skin and purple toe…
Pressure Injury Prevention Tips

Transitioning wound care patients to post-acute care

Setting goals and meeting needs. Takeaways: When discharging patients from acute care facilities, consider cognitive and functional status; the home environment; family or caregiver support; access to services,…

Vancomycin flushing syndrome

Shantae Demano*, a 62-year-old woman with a history of recent total left knee surgery, is admitted to the ICU with sepsis and an infection of the knee, which…
Venous Ulcer Care

Venous ulcer care

Prompt, proper care will help reduce complications and improve quality of life.  Venous ulcers are the most common lower extremity wounds in the United States. Patients experience poor…

Wound care: Five evidence-based practices

Nurses, physical therapists, physicians, and surgeons perform wound care in almost every care setting; however, evidence-based practices continue to elude many healthcare providers. Five key considerations—clean vs. sterile…

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