An electronic journal published quarterly, Wound Central, has been specifically created for all disciplines of licensed healthcare professionals with a love and interest in wound and skin care management.
Wound Central is a collaborative effort between the Wound Care Education Institute® (WCEI) and the Journal of Wound Care (JWC) to bring scientific peer reviewed articles together with the practical bedside “how to” for WCEI alumni and U.S. healthcare professionals. JWC is the international leading source of up-to-date research and clinical information on everything related to tissue viability with content written and rigorously reviewed by leading authorities in the profession.
Wound Central is a unique combination of cutting edge research, comprehensive literature reviews, with clinical step by step basic procedures and practical “how to” knowledge.
Each issue has a main theme that contains articles, tools, and resources focusing around the theme. In addition, each issue includes “Apple Core” and “Wound Words”. Apple Core is a recurrent column that covers the fundamental how to procedures related to the issue focus and Wound Words, is comprised of a glossary of must know phraseology for wound care clinicians, again focused on the issue theme.
This issue of Wound Central focuses on what is perhaps considered one of the most important problems with chronic wounds: biofilm and infection. In the journal’s regular features, Wound Words outlines the must-know terminology and Apple Core, which explores ‘how to’ fundamentals of wound care, describes the steps involved in wound swabbing to help determine what pathogens are present in a wound.
This issue explores biofilm-based wound care and why debridement and disrupting biofilm can make a difference in chronic wounds. There are two papers looking at various ways to assess and manage infected wounds, using different assessment tools such as TIMES and WIRE. Also this month, there are two review articles: one examining maggot debridement and its effect in biofilm; the other reviewing biofilm in postoperative surgical site infection.
The Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI®) is an educational center of excellence supporting thousands of healthcare professionals in all care settings. Educational programs include comprehensive courses in skin and wound management, diabetic wound management and ostomy management. Continuing education programs offered through webinars, seminars and the Wild on Wounds national conference support the standards of care necessary for improved patient outcomes.