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August 18, 2010

Dear Colleague,

Think you know wound care? Try your hand at these questions for a review!

  1. How should you assess skin temperature around a wound?
  2. What is the PET model of ostomy care?
  3. What are the 4 P's to assess penetrating wounds?
  4. When using Dakin's solution (0.025%), what length of time is recommended for treatment?
  5. What factors impact stoma location for an ostomy?
  6. How should you wash the skin around a stoma?
  7. When is a wet-to-dry dressing indicated?

Check your answers and learn more about wound care by exploring the latest articles from our journals in More Resources. Then have some fun with Dressing on the side, our latest NursingCenter puzzle. Lastly, don’t miss our next issue for National Atrial Fibrillation Month, and the latest articles and CEs!

Wound Wise: Peristomal Skin Complications

Wound Care: Foreign bodies in the skin

Getting Ready for Certification: General Principles of Wound Management

WOUND & SKIN CARE: Basic ostomy management, part 1

WOUND & SKIN CARE: Basic ostomy management, part 2

Prevalence of Wet-to-Dry Dressings in Wound Care

A Clinical Investigation into the Relationship between Increased Periwound Skin Temperature and Local Wound Infection in Patients with Chronic Leg Ulcers CE


Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito

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Does your clinical practice use an adhesive dressing that treats wounds of varying severity in both short and long-term care situations? Learn about a new foam adhesive dressing that's receiving high marks in clinical evaluations for absorbability, conformability, durability, and comfort. Read a new white paper provided by 3M. http://www.nursingcenter.com/home/static.asp?pageid=1044871

Review the use of propofol for endoscopic sedation, including preparation for use, advantages and disadvantages, dosing, adverse reactions, and more by reading Review of Propofol and Auxiliary Medications Used for Sedation.
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Patients with CF are living longer and having children of their own. In some cases, women have even been diagnosed after the diagnosis of their child. Read more in Parents and Children with Cystic Fibrosis.
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Update your knowledge of basic burn wound assessment and management by exploring Pediatric Burns: Initial Response, Lasting Effects.
(2.3 contact hours)

Review our Recommended CE list on cervical spine injury, venous thromboembolism, Guillain-Barré syndrome...


Understand the importance of fall prevention programs. Take time to read PATIENT SAFETY: Fall Scene Investigation: A Proactive Approach To Fall Prevention.

Discover simple steps and application tools for implementing a successful patient satisfaction program in virtually any healthcare setting. Don’t miss Is Your Patient Satisfaction In The Bag?
Nursing Management

Sleep deprivation can have detrimental effects on patients. Brush up on the Benefits of Quiet Time for Neuro-Intensive Care Patients and read about a quiet time program implemented in a neuro ICU.
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

Browse our Recommended Readings on Magnet® and non-Magnet® hospitals, understanding hypercoagulopathies, how to manage pain in addicted patients, and more.


Read the articles in the latest Featured Journal online only on NursingCenter. The Featured Journal gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with the kind of coverage and clinical information it has to offer. Get to know our journals. The current Featured Journal is...


The FDA has approved the following new drugs:

  • Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxin A), a botulinum toxin, for the treatment of adults with cervical dystonia and blepharospasm.
  • Lastacaft (alcaftadine) 0.25% ophthalmic solution for the prevention of itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis.

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Parkinson's Disease in Long-Term-Care Settings

Dealing with patients who have significant medical disorders can be difficult. In long-term care, the enormous amount of time spent by staff can be overwhelming. This white paper will encompass the unique aspects in caring for long-term-care residents with end-stage Parkinson's disease.

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