Welcome to this new issue of the Journal of the European Wound Management Association
This issue of the Journal of EWMA marks the first issue in our new format and includes eight original manuscripts.
Read the editorial by journal editors Sebastian Probst and Georgina Gethin
Scientific articles in this issue include:
- Editorial. Gethin G, Probst S
- Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the Venous Leg Ulcer Self Efficacy Tool for use in a Swiss-French setting. Turcotte M, Buehrer Skinner M, Probst S
Venous leg ulcers are lesions between the ankle joint and the knee caused by chronic venous insufficiency. The Venous Leg Ulcer Self Efficacy Tool (VeLUSET) was developed to measure self-care and self-efficacy in Englishspeaking persons with venous leg ulcers. This study describes the translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the original version of the VeLUSET from English into Swiss French.
- Management of an oncological wound: Diagnosis, conflicting therapies and decision-making. Bianchi T, Di Altobrando A, Merli Y, Tartari Manfredi B, Rowan S, Musella M, Moda L, Patrizi A
This article presents the case of a non-HIV-positive patient who contemporaneously suffered from Kaposi’s sarcoma and bullous pemphigoid. Kaposi’s sarcoma is a rare low-grade vascular tumour associated with human herpes virus 8 infection, while bullous pemphigoid is the most common autoimmune subepidermal blistering disease in western countries.
- Wound care within Flemish residential care centres: An update. Vinck G
In Belgium, the average age of inhabitants is still rising, due to better life expectancy and because of an increase in the relative proportion of older people in society. As a result, the number of chronic disorders and comorbidities is increasing as well. The aim of this study was to acquire an overview of the wounds and wound care present in residential care centres.
- Consent to treatment. O’Hara M E
Seeking a person’s consent to treatment is, not only a legal obligation, but also enmeshed with respecting the person’s autonomy and dignity for self-determination. This article discusses the evolving concept of consent among patients requiring wound care.
- Seek, and ye shall find: Efficacy of proactive screening for diabetic foot ulceration in the community autonomously performed by nurses. Pieruzzi L, Iacopi E, Buccarello M G, Tamburini L, Goretti C, Di Cianni G, Piaggesi A
Diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) is a severe complication of diabetes mellitus associated with a high morbidity and mortality rate, whose treatment requires considerable financial costs. This paper describes a test of the efficacy of proactive screening – autonomously managed by nurses in a community setting – in detecting patients at high risk of DFU, as an integrated part of a chronic care model strategy.
- A silver-based antimicrobial dressing for the prevention of surgical site infection - a pilot study. Stryja J, Riha D, Szkatula J
Surgical site infection is a postoperative complication that affects many surgical patients worldwide. It has been estimated that up to 60% of SSIs are preventable and that their risk can be minimised by applying the best practice in the perioperative period. Proper wound management is one way of preventing the incidence of SSIs. This paper describes results of a descriptive case series focused on the usage of silver dressing on post-operative wounds.
- Clinical characteristics of lower extremity ulcers. Isoherranen K, Kallio M, O`Brien J J, Lagus H
Common causes of lower-extremity ulcers are relatively easy to diagnose, but exact wound diagnosis needs always a holistic approach and a careful evaluation of the wound patient. Systematic assessment and the use of check-lists provides diagnostic tools. This review aims to provide clinicians with an overview of the different aetiologies of leg ulcer by describing the clinical characteristics of each aetiology. It also aims to provide tools for health-care providers when assessing a lower-extremity ulcer patient.
- Community-based wound care in the Netherlands. Oskam J, Stienstra A
The transition of hospital care to primary care is one of the mainstays of national health care policy in the Netherlands. This paper presents the results of a successful initiative to establish a regional community-based wound care network in the Zwolle region of the Netherlands.