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Five Wound Care Myths That Need to Go Away

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

The field of wound care has come a long way. And with over 25,000 WCEI alumni across the country sharing their skills and knowledge, we’re thrilled to see many outdated notions and practices go by the wayside. Unfortunately, there are still some wound care myths out there that just refuse to die. Here are five […]

Will the Real Pressure Ulcer Please Stand Up?

By Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

How to know the difference between Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) and pressure injury. As wound care clinicians, we treat our patients to the best of our ability and heal wounds – that’s what we do. But unfortunately, even under the best of circumstances, facility-acquired pressure injuries happen. And we have to document them … because […]

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, […]

What is Charcot Foot?

By Diana Ramirez-Ripp

What is Charcot Arthropathy? Charcot foot, as it is commonly referred to, is a chronic progressive disease of the bone and joints found in the feet and ankles of our diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy. What leads to this Charcot foot? Having long standing diabetes for greater than 10 years is one contributing factor. Having […]

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 […]

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