In this month’s Journal of Wound Care (JWC), there are five practice articles, including clinical evaluations platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, soluble beta glucan and hydrated polyurethanes foam dressing in the treatment of chronic wounds. Also presented are two cases using a dermal matric to treat chronic, infected neoplastic ulcers of the lower extremities. Reviews this issue include an explanation of the types of and the literature available on shockwave therapy, and a report on a closed-panel discussion on the possible use of a surfactant in cell salvage and wound healing.
There are two supplements to JWC this month. The last of this year’s North American supplement contains reviews on cold atmospheric plasma, where medical application is relatively new (about 15 years old), and a systematic review of local, intrinsic muscle flaps for diabetic foot and ankle reconstruction, which identified 13 studies to assess. Alongside these is a case report of a 17-year-old female with a complex, non-healing wound with an exposed fibula, where porcine-derived, extracellular matrix biological scaffold was used to aid regeneration of the skeletal muscle, and a randomised, double-blind, multicentre study comparing continuous diffusion of oxygen improves diabetic foot ulcer healing against placebo.
Our second supplement is a special issue celebrating wound healing in Asia for the Global Wound Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There are six practice articles looking at everything from reconstruction of infected trunk wounds and managing necrotising fasciitis surgically to reduce mortality and increase limb salvage, to smartphone analysis of the wound aiming to reduce the time taken and increase productively.See our subscription options
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