"CMS coverage is limited for fistulas caused by or resulting from a surgical procedure, and even then, it may be difficult to get reimbursed."

Dianne Rudolph, DNP, GNP-BC, CWOCN

Recognizing Skin Risk Factors in Long-Term Care

Susan Cleveland, BSN, RN, WCC, CDP


Skin assessment of residents of long-term care facilities includes close and thorough observation of the whole patient, as well as the skin, to detect possible risk factors for skin breakdown. Do you know what risk factors to look for?




ConvaTec is a global medical device and technologies company focused on therapies for the management of acute and chronic wounds, with a leading market position in advanced wound care.

Fistula Management: Frequently Asked Questions

Dianne Rudolph, DNP, GNP-BC, CWOCN


What are some ways to achieve insurance coverage for fistula pouches or to use ostomy supplies for a fistula?

Does NPWT help with closing or collapsing the fistula?

When cleaning a wound, what is the appropriate action for cleaning the fistula?



Join the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists® from October 28th – November 30th for the WCET® Worldwide Education Webinar. This truly international tri-specialty event features experts and nurses from around the world presenting on various topics within the wound, continence and ostomy care fields.

Upcoming Webinar

A closer look at the use of placental membranes for wound closure

Presenter: Charles B. Parks, DPM, FACFAS


Thursday, November 5, 3:00PM EST

Use of cellular and tissue-based products (CTPs) continues to be reviewed and accepted as an intervention for non-healing or non-advancing wounds.

This session will discuss the new advances in clinical evidence supporting CTPs for chronic wounds and the effect of CTPs introduced as interventions in non-closing wounds.


White Paper of the Week

A New Approach to Managing Wound Exudate During Challenging Times

Sponsored by HARTMANN USA


Managing wounds with moderate to high amounts of exudate can be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. This white paper discusses the need for effective high-exudate wound management when in-person wound care is not possible. It also provides details and clinical case studies of Zetuvit Plus, a four-layer polymer dressing designed to absorb large amounts of exudate.

Wound Care Product of the Week

Gold Dust™


Gold Dust™ hydrophilic polymer wound filler by Southwest Technologies, Inc. is an exceptionally high absorber. Absorbs 100 times its own weight (300ml). Easy to apply and remove from wound.

Why you should know about this product

Protects wound tissue and the surrounding periwound area from maceration and degradation.

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