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  • September 6, 2017

    A Review of Adverse Events Related to Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    With an estimated 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes each year programs designed to help reduce the number of adverse events are instrumental in preventing morbidity and mortality. While it is well known that the most common complications of diabetes include neuropathy, retinopathy, nephropathy, cardiovascular disease and skin disorders there have been few studies evaluating the risk of falls in this population.  Read More

    The Development of a Nanofibrous Scaffold for the Recruitment of Fibroblast During Wound Healing

    A researcher from the Naval Medical Research Unit - San Antonio (NAMRU-SA) shared findings on the fabrication and characterization of a novel nanofibrous scaffold that could potentially improve wound healing by enhancing wound closure, promoting hemostasis, and acting as a temporary physical barrier against debris and microbial pathogens during the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), August 27 - 30. Read More

    App Launched to Help Monitor Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    An app to help medical professionals detect diabetic foot ulcers and monitor treatment has been developed by a university. FootSnap captures consistent photographs of the underside of a diabetic person's feet at any time or place with the use of a tripod and a portable LED spotlight. This will be a very useful clinical tool for healthcare professionals to monitor ulcer healing and is a major advantage over the current approach, which is mainly based on subjective judgement. Read More

  • August 29, 2017

    A Molecule In Bees' Royal Jelly Promotes Wound Healing

    As shown, compared to the control wounds (which only received a cellulose-based gel), both royal jelly (RJ) and defensin-1 (rDef-1) treatments facilitated healing. The authors, therefore, successfully demonstrated that defensin-1 is the active wound-healing component in royal jelly. Despite this very interesting finding, slathering royal jelly on your cuts and scrapes is definitely not the takeaway lesson. Not only would rubbing potential allergens into an open wound be a terrible idea, but the concentration of defensin-1 in royal jelly is variable. However, the authors' discovery opens the possibility that this compound could be manufactured as a therapeutic agent. Read More

    Personalized and Regenerative Wound Care Adopting Innovative Technologies to Meet Industry Challenges

    The aging baby boomer population and rise in the incidence of chronic diseases has intensified focus on innovations in wound care for this difficult-to-heal patient population. Wound care developers are particularly keen on providing advanced and personalized wound repair, and remote wound monitoring and assessment by integrating advanced sensors, information/communication technologies, 3D printing, and stem cell technology with traditional wound healing products. By facilitating documentation and management, digital technologies aid in the standardization of wound care. Read More

    JOMS Facial Cellulitis Study: Efforts Should Focus on Early Treatment

    Public health efforts regarding facial cellulitis - a sometimes dangerous infection of the skin - should focus on early treatment of the condition, according to a new scientific study. Cellulitis is usually readily treated with appropriate antibiotics and sometimes a surgical procedure. However, the authors warn that "infections that spread beyond the initial border can progress to surrounding soft tissues and bone and lead to life-threatening maxillofacial emergencies requiring hospital admission." Read More

  • August 22, 2017

    Today - August 22! Complimentary Wound Care Clinical Education Webcast: "Nutrition & Wound Healing: Connecting the Pieces." Featuring, Karen Turbett, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFN. Space is limited! Register to attend today's event or to receive a copy of the presentation on-demand!

    Ensuring at-risk residents receive the proper equipment, and care, for preventing or treating pressure injuries is critical to not only the health of the resident, but also to the health of your facility’s bottom line and reputation. Register Now

    Combating Pressure Injuries with Innovative Technology

    Pressure injuries affect 2.5 million residents, lead to 60,000 deaths and cost $9 to $11.6 billion per year in the United States, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Moreover, pressure injuries are painful and detrimental to patient quality of life. People who acquire pressure injuries face an average of five extra days in the hospital, according to the National Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System Study. The study also shows 22 percent are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge Read More

    Injectable Gel Holds Promise as Wound-Healing Material for Strokes

    A research team led by UCLA biomolecular engineers and doctors has demonstrated a therapeutic material that could one day promote better tissue regeneration following a wound or a stroke. During the body's typical healing process, when tissues like skin are damaged the body grows replacement cells. Integrins are class of proteins that are important in the cellular processes critical to creating new tissue. One of the processes is cell adhesion, when new cells "stick" to the materials between cells, called the extracellular matrix Read More

    ViroMed Gene Therapy for Non-Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers Starts Phase III Trial

    The first patient has been dosed in a Phase III trial assessing ViroMed's VM202, the first pivotal study of a gene therapy indicated for patients with nonhealing diabetic foot ulcers (NHU) and concomitant peripheral artery disease (PAD). The Phase III trial is a double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study designed to evaluate VM202 for safety and efficacy in 300 adults with a diabetic foot ulcer and concomitant PAD. Two hundred patients will be randomized to VM202 and the other 100 to placebo. Patients will receive ongoing wound care for the duration of the trial, the company added. Read More

  • August 15, 2017

    Complimentary Wound Care Clinical Education Webcast: "Nutrition & Wound Healing: Connecting the Pieces." Featuring, Karen Turbett, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFN. Space is limited! Register today!

    Ensuring at-risk residents receive the proper equipment, and care, for preventing or treating pressure injuries is critical to not only the health of the resident, but also to the health of your facility’s bottom line and reputation. Register Now

    Tissue Paper Made of Various Organs for Use in Wound Healing, Regenerative Medicine, Hormone Production

    If you thought sheepskin paper, also known as vellum, is gross, get ready for "tissue paper" from Northwestern University. The material, made from organs mixed with a polymer in a multi-step process, may have a number of uses that are obvious, such as wound repair, and others that will have to be discovered. The tissue paper is made by first breaking up an organ into tiny pieces and then using well-established methods to decellularize the resulting clear goop. Read More

    Health Take-Away: Advanced Treatments Heal Chronic Wounds

    The aging of the Baby Boom generation and a sharp rise in the incidence of diabetes and obesity in the larger population have literally opened a stubborn wound - a dramatic increase in the prevalence of chronic wounds that resist basic treatments to heal them. The good news is that a steady evolution of advanced treatment technologies, including biologically-derived topical gels, natural and artificial skin replacements, and hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy, have provided highly effective healing solutions. Read More

    Molecule in Human Saliva has Potential for Wound Healing

    A study published online in The FASEB Journal delves into the mystifying fact that wounds in your mouth heal faster and more efficiently than wounds elsewhere. Until now, it was understood that saliva played a part in the wound healing process, though the extent of its role was unknown. The study examined the effects of salivary peptide histatin-1 on angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), which is critical to the efficiency of wound healing. Researchers found that histatin-1 promotes angiogenesis, as well as cell adhesion and migration. Read More

  • August 8, 2017

    Complimentary Wound Care Clinical Education Webcast: "Nutrition & Wound Healing: Connecting the Pieces." Featuring, Karen Turbett, BSN, RN, CWOCN, CFN. Space is limited! Register today!

    Ensuring at-risk residents receive the proper equipment, and care, for preventing or treating pressure injuries is critical to not only the health of the resident, but also to the health of your facility’s bottom line and reputation. Register Now

    Percutaneous Deep Vein Arterialization System Safe, Effective for "No-Option" CLI

    Early clinical results in a small cohort demonstrate safety and feasibility of a percutaneous deep vein arterialization system for the treatment of patients with critical limb ischemia who have no traditional endovascular or surgical revascularization options. The system features ultrasound-guided catheters and covered nitinol stents to bypass diseased arteries and divert blood flow into the tibial vein, according to a company release. Read More

    'Origami Organs' can Potentially Regenerate Tissues

    Scientists and engineers have invented a range of bioactive 'tissue papers' made of materials derived from organs that are thin and flexible enough to even fold into an origami bird. The new biomaterials can potentially be used to support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing.  Read More

    Researchers Get $1.4 Million To Study Treatments For Intestinal Inflammation

    The principal investigators' research will focus on defining specific factors and cells that may be targeted to treat IBD. They will test whether nanoparticle-mediated manipulation of pro- and anti-inflammatory factors can limit intestinal inflammation and promote wound healing during IBD. To accomplish this, they will use advanced approaches employing siRNA nanoparticles that target key pro-healing and anti-inflammation factors, which are involved in the pathogenesis of IBD. Read More

  • August 1, 2017

    Clinical Education On-Demand! "Beyond the Guidelines: Evidence Based Prevention Strategies to Eliminate CAUTI's"

    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

    Touching Lives Through Telehealth for Ostomy Patients

    University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing instructor Tracie White, MSN, has embarked on a study using telehealth to improve quality of life for patients who require an ostomy after surgery for certain disease processes. An ostomy is a surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of wastes often necessary following procedures for conditions such as colorectal cancer, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Patients often experience complications with their ostomy, compounding the physical pain, uncertainty and mental anguish already associated with their primary diagnosis. Read More

    Current Perspectives on Therapeutic Ultrasound in the Management of Chronic Wounds: A Review of Evidence

    Although therapeutic ultrasound has been in existence since the 1930s, questions remain as to its effectiveness in promoting tissue healing in various injured tissues. Limited evidence exists to support a role for therapeutic ultrasound in closed, soft tissue lesions. However, an evolving literature provides support for the role of therapeutic ultrasound in the treatment of chronic wounds, acute injuries such as fractures and split thickness graft donor sites as well as in the modulation of wound-related pain. Read More

    Sticky When Wet: Strong Adhesive for Wound Healing

    A super-strong 'tough adhesive' has been created that is non-toxic and binds to biological tissues with a strength comparable to the body's own resilient cartilage, even when they're wet. Inspired by the glue produced by a slug, the double-layered hydrogel material demonstrates both high adhesion strength and strain dissipation, making it useful in a variety of medical applications. Read More