Vol 27 Number 3, March 2018

In this issue

In this month’s Journal of Wound Care: can telemedicine be used to monitor for signs of surgical site infection (SSI)? Read the results of a study using a smartphone to assess signs of infection, reducing the need for hospital visits. Another aspect of SSI, surgical wound dehiscence (SWD), is explored by Sandy-Hodgetts et al. The article proposes a new framework for the identification and the management of the SWD risk factors of patients in the pre-, intra- and postoperative period.

In ‘Delayed referral of patients with diabetic foot ulcers across Europe: patterns between primary care and specialised units’ the author examines diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) referral patterns in four countries (France, Germany, Spain and the UK), the results of which need much attention and should help form future guidelines and research questions.

Among other highlights, this month we have two cost-effectiveness articles. The first looks at collagen-containing dressings and DFUs; the second focuses on hydration response technology dressings in venous leg ulcers. A research article examines the effect of a non-medicated wound dressing to disrupt Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms in vitro. Finally, in practice, we have a comprehensive review of pressure ulcers in Japan and the results of a modified Delphi process which used evidence-based statements assessed by two iterations of questionnaire, followed by face-to-face meeting to get consensus on the use of dressings in chronic wounds.

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