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PURPOSE This study examined the reasons that people attending an inner-city wound clinic gave for missing appointments and compared these reasons with those of people who did not have chronic wounds. METHODS Thirty-six patients with venous ulcers and 115 people without leg ulcers responded to a survey that queried the reasons for missing clinic(More)
Honey-based wound dressings have been used worldwide since ancient times. A honey product received US Federal Drug Administration approval in 2007, making this dressing an option for wound care. Honey has been found to exert anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects without antibiotic resistance, promote moist wound healing, and facilitate debridement.(More)
Persons who have injected drugs are highly susceptible to a life-long, debilitating condition of the legs called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI may affect a person's ability to function. The purposes of this study were to examine (a) the functional relationship between CVI severity, pain, and behavior; and (b) the extent to which pain mediates the(More)
Unpleasant odor is a frequent and distressing concern of persons who have wounds, as well as their family members and caregivers. In some instances, standard nursing interventions such as increasing the frequency of dressing changes will not be sufficient to address wound malodor. A review of the literature to summarize research findings about topical(More)
The effectiveness of hospital pillows versus a commercial heel elevation device (the Foot Waffle [EHOB incorporated]) in preventing heel pressure ulcers was examined using an experimental balanced factorial design with repeated measures on 52 patients (ages 27 to 90) in randomized groups. Heel interface pressures were taken with patients in supine and right(More)
Skin and soft tissue infections are the most common cause for hospital admission of injection drug users. Cutaneous and subcutaneous abscesses are the most frequent type of SSTI and occur most commonly when drug users are no longer able to inject intravenously and resort to injection directly into skin or muscle. Abscesses may be difficult to differentiate(More)
Pain is an ever-present problem in patients with pressure ulcers. As an advocate for persons with pressure ulcers, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is concerned about pain. To synthesize available pressure ulcer pain literature, a systematic review was performed of English language literature, specific to human research, 1992 to April(More)
Urinary incontinence imposes physical, social, and economic hardships on those who face it. For many, pads and diapers are invaluable. Many types of condom catheters are available for men, but there are few similar devices for women. For the past 10 years, we have been developing an external urine-collection device for women. This device adheres between the(More)
With global travel and immigration, WOC nurses may see or be asked questions about wound care practices that are different from those traditionally taught in their educational programs. The purpose of this article is to review the evidence about 3 commonly used wound products, namely, sugar, papaya/papain, and essential fatty acids. Although these products(More)