This month’s Journal of Wound Care (JWC) contains an integrative review article assessing published work on health professionals’ action in ensuring healthy skin as part of a wound prevention strategy. The review includes 33 papers, 27 of which are peer-reviewed and six are from the grey literature. There are also three research papers, the first of which focuses on the properties of a chitosan microfibre dressing. The study examines zone of inhibition assay, challenge test, time-to-kill and an in vitro wound model, with Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The second study, looks at the levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and the antiproteinase tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1 in chronic wound fluid and sera from patients with choric and acute wounds. The final research paper uses an in vitro model to investigate the effects of high haem oxygenase-1 (HO-1) expression on oxidative injury and the biological behaviours of rat dermal fibroblasts, under high glucose conditions.
There are a number of practice articles including a paper by Pernot et al. examining the need for a timely diagnostic work-up for patients with venous leg ulcers; the examination of wounds and quality of life; clinicians' views on the use of fluorescents biomodulation in the real life management of chronic wounds; and a case series, Treating mucormycosis using a multimodality approach, which explores a wide range of clinical presentations.
Also, this month we report on symposia at the Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention conference held in September in Las Vegas.
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