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  • Medicinal use of terrestrial molluscs (slugs and snails) with particular reference to their role in the treatment of wounds and other skin lesions. This paper provides an introduction to the properties of slug slime and considers its potential value in modern wound management. It also reports the results of a small study in which this material was successfully used to treat a longstanding wart. This is believed to be the first illustrated and fully documented account of the use of slug slime for this indication.
    S Thomas
  • Management of saddle and harness sores in a pack mule on expedition – A case study. This case study will recount the experiences of a veterinary surgeon and Mountain Leader during a five day expedition through the Massif du Siroua, in the High Atlas of Morocco. The aetiology, prevention and management of saddle, harness and tethering sores will then be discussed in detail.
    Glen Cousquer
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) also known as Topical Negative Pressure (TNP) was used for wound management in primary care. We studied time for ulcer healing, change of ulcer size and formation of granulation tissue.
    Rut F Öien
  • Comparison of foam and hydrocolloid dressings in the management of wounds: a review of the published literature Appropriate dressing selection plays a key role in promoting and maintaining a wound environment that is conducive to healing. A wide range of modern products is available to clinicians. The objective of this study was to compare the clinical performances of the two most commonly used dressing types (foams and hydrocolloids) by means of a literature review.
    P Davies, M Rippon
  • Management of a pilonidal sinus with V.A.C.® Therapy This short paper reports on the successful treatment of a teenage patient with a pilonidal sinus and describes the use of vacuum assisted closure therapy. The advantages of changing German healthcare policy to allow this therapy to be used in outpatient and home-bsed care settings is also discussed.
    A Fette, M Pichotta
  • Dermatological problems and periwound skin In this short paper – the third in a series of three articles examining care of the skin surrounding wounds – the authors describe the common dermatological problems associated with the periwound skin of specific wound types.
    Langøen A, Lawton S
  • Assessing and managing vulnerable periwound skin This paper examines the factors that lead to or exacerbate the condition. Assessment, management and prevention of periwound skin problems are also discussed. It is the second of three papers on vulnerable periwound skin.
    Lawton S, Langøen A
  • The pathophysiology of vulnerable skinThis is the first in a series of three articles examining the causes and consequences of vulnerable skin. This author describes the physiology of normal skin and examines the many factors and situations, both intrinsic and extrinsic, that contribute to vulnerable periwound skin.
    M Flour
  • Moisture-related skin damage and the role of dressings This article describes the importance of controlling the moisture content of wounds and areas of vulnerable tissue, with particular emphasis on the use of dressings that provide protection to periwound skin. The author also proposes a new definition for the 'ideal dressing', which takes account of the need to protect vulnerable tissue from secondary damage caused either by insufficient or excessive moisture.
    S Thomas
  • Compression and dressing performance This paper describes a laboratory study comparing the effects of compression on two widely used foam products to illustrate the importance of this parameter when assessing dressing performance.
    S Thomas, P Fram and P Phillips
  • Leg ulceration and wound bed preparation In this paper, the author reviews the additional factors that need to be considered alongside wound bed preparation and the TIME framework for effective chronic wound management.
    Jackie Stephen-Haynes
  • Dressings: cutting and application guide - in this paper, the author sets out some generic principles on cutting or adapting dressings to support healing in difficult to dress wounds.
    J Fletcher


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