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 the treatment of wounds in palliative patients. In the journal’s regular features, Wound Words outlines the must-know terminology and Apple Core, which explores ‘how to’ fundamentals of wound care, provides detail on how to dress wounds which are in an awkward or hard to reach place.
The features section has a number of different articles and case series, including an article looking at evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of pressure ulcers at the end of life such as the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) and European Pressure ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) guidelines ‘Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline’. Managing the nutritional needs of palliative patients is also examined, as are the management and treatment options of fungating wounds.
Also in this issue there is a mini review looking at the evidence of inflammation-induced tumourisation and a case series of three patients with chronic leg ulcers which showed malignancy when the histology of the ulcers were examined.
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.