Best Practices for Securing Urinary Catheters

Until rather recently, securement of indwelling urinary catheters was more or less an afterthought. Most attention had been placed on sterile technique, proper placement, and balloon inflation. While these are still very important, the best practices for securing urinary catheters are now being formally studied. These studies show the importance of proper securement for indwelling […]

The Relationship Between Latex Allergies & Food

There is a relationship between latex and certain fruits and vegetables. These food based allergic reactions, in connection with latex, occur not only when the fruit/vegetables is eaten, but when in contact with skin, and in some cases smelled. These cross reactive foods can effect 30-50% of those who have latex sensitivities. Studies have shown […]

Lower Extremity Wounds: Wound Dressings Strategies in Managing Venous, Arterial, and Diabetic Ulcers

Introduction to Lower Extremity Wounds Lower extremity wounds are very common, with an estimated prevalence of 1% to 2% among adults in the United States. These wounds have a profound effect on public health and patient outcomes. They are often complex and chronic wounds.  Even when the best care available is applied, approximately 25% to […]

Scar Prevention Tips Post Skin Cancer Removal

Mohs Surgery is a procedure used to remove cancerous cells from the skin. It involves cutting away the cancer, then slowly and methodically scrapping away the surrounding skin cells and examining them as layers are removed so to not damage the skin more than it needs to. This helps to minimize scarring by creating the […]

Wound Bed Preparation and Assessment

Wound Bed Preparation Wound bed preparation is a systematic approach to wound care, widely used for at least 30 years. While many of the past principles of wound bed preparation still hold true, the practice continues to evolve as new evidence-based approaches are developed. This article reviews the latest concepts from “Wound Bed Preparation 2021.”1 […]

White Paper: Wound Dressings Strategies in Managing Venous, Arterial, and Diabetic Ulcers

Lower extremity wounds are becoming increasingly common, and they often come with a host of complications. They are complex, prone to infection, multifactored wounds that often become chronic. Moreover, the prevalence of these wounds is increasing due to many contributing factors in the modern lifestyle. Patients with arterial, venous, or diabetic ulcers often live in […]

Post-Treatment Care for Actinic Keratosis – Skin Care, Treatments, Tips

Actinic keratosis is not skin cancer, and most actinic keratoses do not become cancer. On the other hand, most squamous cell carcinomas (i.e., skin cancer) emerge from actinic keratoses. Since it is difficult to determine which actinic keratosis lesion will eventually become cancerous1, most are actinic keratoses are treated just in case. Proper skin care […]

Making Topical Wound Oxygen Therapy Work – Integrating Hy-Tape

Wounds are often starved of the oxygen they need to heal properly. While several topical wound oxygen devices are available, each needs a bit of help to be of practical use in the real world. We review topical wound oxygen therapy approaches and provide some practical tips to help them be more effective. Most wounds […]

Wound Dressing & Ostomy Summer Sweat & Waterproofing Resources

Spending time outdoors in the summer will test the adhesives that hold your ostomy, wound dressings, tubes, and constant glucose monitoring devices. Increased activity and higher temperatures will create sweat, and that moisture can cause some adhesives to fail. Waterproof tapes can often times be overly aggressive and hurt the skin during removal. Hy-Tape is […]

Wound Care for Older Individuals – Protecting Mature Skin

Mature skin is not only more prone to damage than younger adult skin, but it also takes longer for older skin to heal. By the time we reach age 65, our skin cells replace themselves only about half as quickly as they did when we were younger.1 However, this article is not just another reminder […]