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There’s something for everyone in July’s edition of JWC. As well as the North American Supplement (NAS), the main journal features research on the cost-effectiveness of using intermittent pneumatic compression to manage venous leg ulcers (VLUs) in the UK, and on the effectiveness and safety of peripheral blood mononuclear cell transplantation to treat no-option critical limb ischaemia. Our practice papers cover the findings of a real-world analysis on the diagnosis and treatment impacts of wound care efficiency drivers, and the results of a wound hygiene survey examining current awareness and implementation of the wound hygiene concept in practice. Electrical stimulation for pain reduction in hard-to-heal wound healing is the focus of our innovation paper, and the impact of COVID-19 on tissue viability services and pressure ulceration is discussed in our COVID-19 update. Our guest editorials this month include: ‘How can smart dressings change the future of wound care?’ from Negar Faramarzi and Ali Tamayol; ‘Caesarean section dressings: what to put on and when to take it off’ from Simon Scheck, and ‘Pretibial injuries: to graft or to dress?’ from Christian Asher, Elliott Smock, Sundhiya Mandalia and Catherine Milroy.
The second edition of NAS for 2021 features a study on the observed impact of skin substitutes in lower extremity diabetic ulcers. Also presented is a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a fetal bovine acellular dermal matrix plus standard of care for treating hard-to-heal diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). DFUs is the focus of the first of the supplement’s case series, assessing the role of dehydrated amniotic allograft with cross-linked bovine-tendon collagen and glycosaminoglycan matrix in the healing of hard-to-heal DFUs. Our second featured case series examines the surgical reconstruction of pilonidal sinus disease with concomitant extracellular matrix graft placement. The development and assessment of a high‑throughput biofilm and biomass testing platform is also described. The editorial is ‘Remote wound monitoring-a guide’ from Tobe Madu.