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 most popular papers published in the Journal of Wound Care (JWC) in the last year, judged according to the number of downloads. 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 wound measurement, an important step in mentoring wound progression and a key factor for research.
The features section has two novel submissions, the first examining the use of a contact layer to secure cellular and tissue-based products; the second looking at the pain levels associated with continuous diffusion of oxygen in the treatment of chronic wounds. For the best of… we have articles on the possibility of identifying wound infection earlier using wound odour. We also look at the issues surrounding the generation of evidence in selecting dressings for wound care in a context that lacks resources, legislative clarity and freedom to choose alternatives.
Also in this issue, we have a look at the effect of microbial resistance in ‘Antibiotic resistance and biofilm tolerance: a combined threat in the treatment of chronic infections.’ These major threats to public health are discussed, and the author examines how we got to this point and what can be done about it.
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.