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Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI’s) are the only device related infections which have increased in the last five years. Elimination of symptomatic urinary catheter associated infections seems like an unobtainable goal. We need to change that statistic. National quality and safety initiatives, as well as reimbursement strategies are targeted to focus on reducing CAUTIs. Nursing must lead the change and successfully work with unit teams to adopt the latest evidence. We will go beyond the guidelines to explore new practices and technology that, when integrated into current practice, have shown to reduce or eliminate CAUTI’s. Care practices alone are not enough to sustain change. Being part of a safety culture is critical for success. Be the driver of change and bring the latest evidence to the bedside to ensure positive patient outcomes. View Now
T- and B-cells are highly specialised defender cells - different groups of cells are tailored to different germs. When your body is infected with a particular germ, only the T- and B-cells that recognise it will respond. These selected cells then quickly multiply, creating an army of identical cells to fight the infection. Special types of T- and B-cells 'remember' the invader, making you immune to a second attack. Read More
In their work toward 3-D printing transplantable tissues and organs, bioengineers and scientists from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have demonstrated a key step on the path to generate implantable tissues with functioning capillaries. Tissue engineering, also known as regenerative medicine, is a field aimed at integrating advances in stem cell biology and materials science to grow transplantable replacement tissues and organs. Read More
Nagoya University-led team reviews skin diseases to define a new type of genetic-based inflammation for improving diagnosis and treatment of rare skin conditions. Dry scaly skin, blistering, rashes. Many people will experience some kind of skin problem at some time in their life, if only briefly. However, some individuals are severely affected by chronic skin problems throughout their lives. Most sufferers of any kind of skin problem will agree that the timing and triggers of skin flare-ups are somewhat mysterious. Medical science has only recently begun to separate the environmental and genetic factors behind these conditions. Read More
Real-world evidence from a study by a foot "smartmat" company shows that such a device helped catch diabetic foot ulcers earlier than looking for external signs, like poor circulation or changes in colour. The idea behind this mat, created for an MIT sporting event in 2011, is to sense any pain that would go amiss in people who already have nerve damage, which stops them from feeling injuries in their foot. Read More