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.
Pressure ulcers (PUs) are the focus of this issue of Wound Central, compiled by Dr Rachel Webb. The challenge of preventing and treating PUs, particularly hard-to-heal PUs, is one in which there are no easy solutions. The number of variables involved in increasing a patient’s risk of developing a PU are many and can have an impact, not only how quickly a PU develops, but also on the risk of a PU recurring. In this edition, the predictive validity of the Braden scale is evaluated in assessing risk of PU and dependence-related lesion development is presented. The different ways in which nurses understand unavoidable PUs at the end of life, and a systematic review of nurses’ attitudes towards PU prevention are also evaluated. The delivery and outcome of a nutritional intervention to promote PU healing in an acute setting is also the subject of a randomised controlled trial.
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.