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A first-of-its-kind study tying incontinence-associated dermatitis to several risk factors underscores the need for wound and ostomy care nurses in skilled nursing facilities. Researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing found a greater incidence of dermatitis among patients admitted with a perineal pressure injury; those not receiving preventative interventions; and those with greater functional limitation, more perfusion problems or fewer cognitive deficits. Read More
Air-polluting diesel exhaust particles, already linked to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, also can delay diabetic wound healing, according to South Korean researchers. The team examined the effect of such pollutants on rats, measuring levels of post-exposure inflammation in normal and diabetic fibroblasts, critical collagen-producing cells found in connective tissue.The resulting inflammation can be particularly dangerous for patients with diabetic ulcers. Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 30% of the general population is colonized with Staphylococcus aureus in their nasal mucosa. The majority are colonized with methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA), with up to 10% harboring methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). S. aureus also colonizes the oropharynx, rectum and skin folds. Risk factors for S. aureus colonization include health care exposure (previous hospitalization, long-term acute care facility or nursing home residents), certain comorbid conditions (HIV infection, chronic dialysis, eczema) and groups in close contact (prisoners, military recruits and athletes). Read More