1. Section Editor(s): Hess, Cathy Thomas BSN, RN, CWOCN

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New Pressure Ulcer Guidance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance on pressure ulcers for the long-term-care and home health care settings.


The revised guidance for surveyors for long-term-care facilities went into effect late in 2004, and it involves changes to Appendix PP for Tag F314. In addition, new language has been added to Tag F309 to include definitions of certain ulcers not caused by pressure. Visit to view the revised document.


For the home health care setting, CMS has issued new guidance for accurate coding of the OASIS pressure ulcer items. This guidance, based on input from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, can be found at


Book of the Year Award

Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles, by Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWOCN, APN, FAAN, and Elizabeth A. Ayello, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, CWOCN, FAPWCA, FAAN, was among the 2004 Book of the Year award winners announced by the American Journal of Nursing (AJN). The book was selected as one of the 3 most valuable texts of 2004 in the category of medical-surgical nursing. AJN's panel of judges selected the book awards.




Wound Care Handbook

The fifth edition of Clinical Guide: Wound Care, by Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, is an expanded and updated 544-page handbook featuring the newest wound care products. The all-in-one, portable, spiral-bound guide to wound care and prevention strategies includes more than 300 dressings, drugs, and other products for every type of wound.


Part I provides detailed guidelines on wound care and prevention and related professional and legal issues. Part II features profiles and photographs of more than 300 wound care products. Part III contains charts of more than 200 additional dressings and products.




Pressure Ulcer Resource from AMDA

The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) has developed a resource to help guide practitioners through the steps of implementing a pressure ulcer prevention and management program in a facility. The Tool Kit for Implementation of the Clinical Practice Guideline for Pressure Ulcers is available from the AMDA for $110 for AMDA members and $150 for nonmembers.