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  • December 13, 2017

    Clinical Education Available On-Demand!  "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy."

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    Research: Prognosis for People with Diabetic Foot Ulcers Worse Than Previously Thought

    The prognosis for people with an infected diabetic foot ulcer is worse than was previously thought, according to new research. More than half the patients in the research study did not see their ulcer heal over a year - and one in seven had to have part or all of their foot amputated. Read More

    Why Simple School Sores Often Lead to Heart and Kidney Disease in Indigenous Children

    Impetigo, also known as school sores, is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that occurs in children far more frequently than adults. It is one of the most common bacterial infections in children aged two to five years. While the infection itself is treatable, if left untreated it can lead to more serious conditions such as cellulitis (infection of the inner layers of skin) or abscess (painful collections of pus that build up under the skin). It can also progress to kidney disease, or it could cause acute rheumatic fever, which can affect the heart, joints, brain or skin. Read More

    A Dose of Tech to Boost Medical Care

    A medical scanner can assess the severity and depth of wounds in seconds - a task that would take a nurse about half an hour. The Kronikare, as the scanner is called, can also carry out the process with greater accuracy and less pain than if done manually. It uses a smartphone with an off-the-shelf thermal camera to capture the wound, and then interprets it with the help of artificial intelligence. The scanner can determine the size and depth of the wound, the temperature of the affected area and the tissue composition. It can also alert medical staff about any wound complications. Read More

    Treating S. Aureus Skin, Soft Tissue infections

    A pediatric infectious disease physician at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, told Infectious Diseases in Children that draining the infection is fundamental to treatment in abscesses, often followed by antibiotic treatment after full drainage has occurred. He added that different antibiotics behave differently when treating soft tissue infections."The most important thing is that Staphylococcus aureus-related skin and soft tissue infections are on the decline," he said. Read More

  • December 6, 2017

    Surgery to Create Anuses Inspiring Fistula-Free Generation

    The race is on for a fistula-free generation, but a backlog and new emerging cases of the condition are overwhelming efforts to stem the source. "I cannot say that we are on track," said Iyeme Efem, country manager for Engender Health, which implements a US-funded project Fistula Care Plus to prevent, treat and rehabilitate women and girls living with fistula. Read More

    Mission Trail Hospital Unveils New Diabetes Initiative

    Mission Trail Baptist Hospital recently announced the Amputation Prevention Program (APP) aimed at reducing the number of procedures occurring as a result of complications from diabetes. The APP gives specialists the opportunity to intervene with the patients quicker once the discovery of the lower extremity wound or upon admission. Once the specialist sees the patient within 24 hours, a plan of care is developed for the patient.  Read More

    Probiotic Supplementation Aids Wound Healing in Diabetic Foot Ulcer

    Patients with a diabetic foot ulcer who received probiotic supplementation for 12 weeks experienced faster wound healing coupled with an improved glycemic and lipid profile compared with patients assigned placebo, according to findings from a randomized controlled trial. Probiotics may help to improve inflammatory factors through producing short chain fatty acids in the gut and reducing production of hydrogen peroxide radicals. Read More

    Wound Healing or Regeneration -- the Environment Decides?

    For humans, the loss of limbs is almost always an irreversible catastrophe. Many animals, however, are not only able to heal wounds but even to replace whole body parts. Biologists have now been able to prove for the first time that comb jellyfish can switch between two completely different self-healing processes depending on the environmental conditions. Read More

  • November 27, 2017

    Clinical Education Webcast: "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy." Featuring, Cindy Kildgore, RN, BSN, MSHA, CNOR

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    Pressure Ulcer Nurses Stop Patients Getting Bum Deal

    Experienced health workers met at the GWH's Orbital Shopping Park base, hoping to pass on tips to care workers, student nurses and others. They spent the morning showing off state-of-the art kit to help slash the risk of ulcers developing. They included a retro air mattress, designed to minimise the pressure on any one part of the body. A nutritionist was on hand to advise on diet - another factor in making sure that skin remains healthy. Read More

    Psoriasis Severity Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

    People with psoriasis are at a higher risk to develop type 2 diabetes than those without psoriasis, and the risk increases dramatically based on the severity of the disease. Researchers found people with psoriasis that covers 10 percent of their body or more are 64 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those without psoriasis, independent of traditional risk factors such as body weight. Read More

    Focus on Wound Management and Transfer Policies

    Mr RO'H, an aged care resident, was aged 69 when he died on 27 February 2013 from septic shock, due to or as a consequence of infected decubitus ulcers complicated by osteomyelitis. The Coroner's Forensic Medical Officer investigated the death and raised concerns with the nursing care provided to Mr RO'H, the assessment of Mr RO'H's dietary requirements, and the delay in transferring Mr RO'H to hospital once he became septic. Read More

  • November 20, 2017

    Clinical Education Webcast: "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy." Featuring, Cindy Kildgore, RN, BSN, MSHA, CNOR

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    Some Sugars are Good for You, Engineers Discover

    A new use for sugar has been uncovered, which can aid healing and encourage blood vessel formation, say scientists. This would help tackle the increasing number of non-healing skin wounds associated with age, poor blood supply and diabetes. The breakthrough research could save money for health service providers in the UK and overseas, say the authors. Read More

    A Breakthrough in Stem Cell Therapy Saved a Boy's Life After Doctors Successfully Reconstructed his Skin

    Doctors were able to reconstruct functional skin for a 7-year-old boy suffering from a genetic skin disease. The patient had junctional epidermolysis bullosa, which causes the skin to become fragile and blister easily. A stem cell expert cloned the boy's healthy skin cells, grew the cultures onto sheets, and then attached the sheets on different parts of the boy's body. Read More

    New Implantable Muscle Stimulator Aims to Prevent Pressure Ulcers, Deep Tissue Injuries

    A team of researchers from Case Western Reserve and other institutions, has received a $1.8M, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an implantable muscle stimulator for preventing pressure ulcers and deep tissue injuries to the buttocks. These serious medical conditions, which are caused by lying or sitting in one place for long periods of time, can lead to severe pain and infection, even death. Read More

  • November 14, 2017

    Clinical Education Webcast: "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy." Featuring, Cindy Kildgore, RN, BSN, MSHA, CNOR

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    Topical Valsartan Speeds up Healing in Chronic Wounds

    A topical gel formulated from a medication commonly used for hypertension accelerated and improved healing when applied to chronic wounds in mice and pigs, researchers reported in a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. If validated in human clinical trials, the treatment could be used for diabetic foot ulcers, an increasing and costly health care problem. Read More

    Here's Why Daytime Wounds Heal Faster Than Night-time Ones

    Your internal body clock is the reason why wounds heal faster if an injury occurs during the day rather than at night, new research suggests. Experiments with skin cells and other cells in mice showed that daytime wounds healed about twice as fast as night-time wounds. Read More

    True Impact of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    The prognosis for people with an infected diabetic foot ulcer is worse than was previously thought, according to new research. More than half the patients in the research study did not see their ulcer heal over a year -- and one in seven had to have part or all of their foot amputated. Read More

    Feed the Patient and Starve the Wound

    In the global context of health, good nutrition naturally has long been one of the most powerful weapons against disease. Until recently, however, its precise biochemical connection with wound healing hasn't achieved the level of awareness that experts such as the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel would like to see.  Read More

  • November 7, 2017

    Clinical Education Webcast: "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy." Featuring, Cindy Kildgore, RN, BSN, MSHA, CNOR

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    Sticky When Wet: Strong Adhesive for Wound Healing

    Many of the adhesive products used today are toxic to cells, inflexible when they dry, and do not bind strongly to biological tissue. A team of researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has created a super-strong "tough adhesive" that is biocompatible and binds to tissues with a strength comparable to the body's own resilient cartilage, even when they're wet. Read More

    Critical Limb Ischemia Deficiency Treatment, Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Therapeutics Development

    Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It is caused by chronic inflammatory processes associated with atherosclerosis that result in reduced blood flow to the legs, feet and hands. Symptoms include pain or numbness in feet or toes, sores, skin infections will not heal. Treatment goals for CLI include reducing the number of cardiovascular risk factors (such as quitting smoking and reduction of cholesterol), relieving pain, healing ulcers, preventing major amputation, improving quality of life and increasing survival. Read More

    Blood Pressure Drug in a Gel Heals Wounds Faster

    A topical gel made from a common type of blood pressure pill may offer a way to speed up healing of chronic skin wounds. The findings in a study with mice and pigs may lead to use of the gel on treatment-resistant skin wounds among diabetics and others, particularly older adults. The FDA has not issued any new drug approval for wound healing in the past 10 years. Read More

    Vitamin D May Improve Wound Healing in Burns Patients

    For some people, their burn injuries take a long time to heal, as well as there also being a risk of infection. Those with severe burns are particularly vulnerable to sepsis, which is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by infection. There is increasing evidence that vitamin D has antibacterial properties and can fight infection. Read More