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.
This issue of Wound Central focuses on lower extremity wounds. In the journal’s regular features, Wound Words outlines the must-know terminology of the lower extremity wounds, and the Apple Core section, which explores ‘how to’ fundamentals of wound care, describes lower extremity wound characteristics. There is also a patient focus comment by Ellie Lindsay on the Leg Club model of care.
The features section has several review articles on the most relevant aspects of lower extremity wounds, including: the static stiffness index in compression therapy, adjustable compression wraps, and the risk of falling in patients with venous leg ulcer. Also in the April issue there is a research article on the how ulcer area reduction at 2 weeks can be used to predict healing by 24 weeks and a case study using compression to heal an arterial ulcer.
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.