Skin & Wound Management posts
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Lower Extremity Ulcers: Go With the Flow

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

Imagine, if you will, the following scene: a wound care clinician is asked to weigh in on a lower extremity ulcer consultation, and upon arrival is told that it’s a pressure ulcer. So she seeks more information about blood flow: Clinician #1: Tell me about the blood flow to the lower extremity. Clinician #2: It […]

The Battle of Wound Healing: Dry vs. Moist

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

The truth about moist wound healing, related cost savings, and the risks of keeping wounds dry. When you were a kid, you probably had your share of cuts, scrapes and other childhood wounds that required a good old-fashioned bandage. And somewhere along the way you were most likely told to “… take the bandage off […]

Top Wound Measurement Techniques

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

Every clinician knows that a vital part of wound care is weekly wound assessment. This, of course, tracks healing progress and provides important information that can help with treatment plans and health goals. But there is more than one measuring technique used to assess wounds, which is why it’s important to not only understand them, […]

Venous, Arterial or Mixed Ulcer…How Do I Know For Sure?

By Diana Ramirez-Ripp

Proper assessment is essential for differentiating between venous and arterial ulcers. Your patient has a lower extremity wound. You aren’t sure what exactly you are dealing with. You know you need to measure the ankle-brachial index (ABI), but as you wait for results, some of your wound assessment findings offer clues. Characteristics of Venous Ulcers […]

How Do I Stage a Wound If Cartilage Is Present?

By Diana Ramirez-Ripp

In the human body the cartilage is found in joints, rib cage, ear, nose, bronchial tubes and between the inter-vertebral discs. As wound clinicians we most often see it just below the bridge of the nose or on the ear in our patients with pressure injuries. Many clinicians continually question themselves how to stage a […]

Wound Measurement and Documentation

By Diana Ramirez-Ripp

Wound Measurement and Documentation is a daily task the wound care professionals utilize in their practice. There are various tools like flow sheets, tracing materials, measuring tapes, skin markers, labels, and other products specifically designed for wound assessment, measurement and documentation. There are varying types of documentation methods  from print to electronic, digital photography to […]

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