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  • May 2, 2017

    Stress Slows Down Wound Healing in Diabetic Foot Ulcers 

    Results of a recent study conducted by a combined team from Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) along with Qatar's Hamad Medical Center suggests that rate of healing is poorly impacted by physiological stress. The novel study, which used advanced wearable technologies may soon lead to mobile applications that can promote simple relaxation techniques, measure their outcome and perhaps speed healing.  Read More

    Imaging Technology to Aid Wound Care

    Wanda Sohn, nurse manager at Nash Wound Care Center, said the new technology has allowed Nash to photograph wounds and automatically derive the rate at which a wound is healing. She added it also has allowed the hospital to be in better compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act law, because in the past Nash used a digital camera to download wound images that Sohn acknowledged wasn't always the best way of safely keeping patients' records.  Read More

    Vomaris' Technology Impacts Biofilm-induced Antibiotic Resistance

    Bacteria readily form biofilms to shelter themselves from both antibiotics and the body's immune defenses. Using electric interactions, bacteria communicate with each other. Once bacteria adhere to a surface, they continue their signaling activity to multiply and encase themselves within a protective barrier called a biofilm. Biofilm makes the bacteria tolerant to antibiotics and impedes a patient's ability to fight an infection, making biofilm-infected wounds extremely difficult to treat. The need for alternative therapeutic strategies is of utmost priority. Read More  

  • April 25, 2017

    Control Your Claims: Pressure Injury/Wound Care Management 

    One of many dreaded tags from a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Survey is F-Tag 314 - Pressure ulcers. CMS writes, "Each resident must receive and the facility must provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care." Our loss trending experience has shown us that the same issues that result in F-tags during a survey can also result in a patient event or claim.  Read More

    Smart Bandages Which Tell Doctor How Wound is Healing to Begin Trials

    Smart bandages which can detect how well a wound is healing and send a progress report to the doctor will be trialled within the next year, scientists have said. The dressings are fitted with tiny sensors which can pick up blood clotting, or spot infections, and wirelessly send data back to a clinician. Swansea University, which is hoping to trial the bandages within 12 months, said the new technology could offer a personalised approach to medicine. Read More

    Substantial Increase in Chronic Venous Insufficiency Procedures in Medicare Population

    A new study by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute found that utilization of procedures to treat chronic venous insufficiency in the Medicare population increased markedly from 2005 through 2014. The study is published online in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The researchers used aggregated Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services claims data to identify recent temporal trends in the use of CVI treatment procedures in the Medicare population, with attention to conventional versus new minimally invasive procedures, as well as performance by site of service and physician specialty.  Read More  

  • April 12, 2017

    Fast Facts for the Frontline: Ostomy Care 

    A normal stoma is pink to red and should be moist. New stomas will be inflamed, but will shrink to a much smaller size over several weeks. The stoma is highly vascularized and may bleed if rubbed too vigorously; however, it doesn't have any nerve endings, so the patient may not realize that trauma is occurring. As food moves through the GI tract, nutrients and moisture are extracted. Therefore, output from an ileostomy will contain more liquid, and output from a colostomy will be more formed and contain less moisture. Read More

    Ask the Treatment Expert: Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    Diabetic foot ulcers usually are located on weight-bearing plantar surfaces, the medial surface of the metatarsophalangeal joint, the lateral aspect of the fifth metatarsophalangeal joint, or the tips of the toes. It is very important to provide a management program that treats the underlying disease process, addresses factors to promote blood flow, offloads pressure-affected areas, and provides infection prevention.  Read More

    Cost Effectiveness of Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    According to the ADA, treatment of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) along with associated infections, below the knee amputations, and surgeries to revascularize the lower limbs account for a significant portion of the costs incurred in the treatment of diabetes. Yet with the frequency of occurrence of these complications, there are very few studies that drive the paradigm toward either primary prevention (avoiding DFUs entirely) or secondary/tertiary measures (efficient treatment of DFUs in those who are not aware [secondary]/are aware [tertiary] of diabetic ulcers). Read More

    Dragon Blood May Help Wounds Heal Faster

    According to a paper published today in Biofilms and Microbiomes, a peptide that mimics a molecule found in dragon blood may slay bacteria, helping wounds heal faster. Researchers tested the compound in mice with skin lesions, and found the dragon-derived treatment helped the wounds close up faster. If the treatment proves successful in human trials, it may one day provide a new weapon in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are starting to become deadly, as well as biofilms-tough clumps of bacteria that are often impervious to antibiotics. Read More

     

  • April 5, 2017

    Hospitals With Certified WOC Nurses Have Lower Rates of Pressure Injuries 

    Hospitals that employ nurses who have specialty certification in wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) care have lower rates of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs), reports a study in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. The reduction in HAPIs at hospitals with WOC-certified nurses is accompanied by better pressure injury risk assessment and prevention practices. The findings also suggest that nearly two-thirds of US hospitals do not employ nurses with WOC specialty certification.  Read More

    Heart Tissue Grown on Spinach Leaves

    Researchers face a fundamental challenge as they seek to scale up human tissue regeneration from small lab samples to full-size tissues and organs: how to establish a vascular system that delivers blood deep into the developing tissue. Researchers have now successfully turned to plants, culturing beating human heart cells on spinach leaves that were stripped of plant cells.  Read More

    Chronic Wounds Heal Faster in Opioid-Naive Patients

    The rate of chronic wound healing is inversely related to opioid use, according to an online study."Chronic wounds are often very painful, clinically, we had noticed that as patients transition into the healing phase, their pain significantly improved. We wanted to better understand this relationship, and to investigate whether more aggressive pain management-for example, with opioid analgesics-could improve healing." Read More

     

  • March 29, 2017

    Topical Curcumin Gel Effective in Treating Burns and Scalds 

    What is the effect of Topical Curcumin Gel for treating burns and scalds? In a recent research paper, investigators stress that use of topical curcumin gel for treating skin problems, like burns and scalds, is very different and appears to work more effectively, when compared to taking curcumin tablets by mouth for other conditions. Read More

    Fish Skin Bandages: The Latest Product of Medical Desperation

    Unlike their American counterparts, material and supply shortages have forced some Brazilian burn centers to deviate from the standard medical practice which advocates for early skin grafts, instead being relegated to using traditional gauze-and-silver sulfadiazine cream dressings. While such a method of treatment is time-tested and effective in preventing infection in burn wounds, the dressings necessitate daily and excruciatingly painful changes, which can delay recovery. Enter fish skin-namely that of tilapia.  Read More

    Antibiotics Not Effective for Clinically Infected Eczema in Children

    Estimates suggest that 40 percent of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but findings suggest there is no meaningful benefit from the use of either oral or topical antibiotics for milder clinically infected eczema in children. The CREAM study was designed to find out if oral (taken by mouth) or topical (creams and ointments applied to the skin) antibiotics help improve eczema severity in children with infected eczema. Read More

    Medical Breakthrough Keeps Scar Tissue From Forming Around Implant Devices

    Scientists have found a way to prevent scar tissue from forming around medical implant devices. Fibrosis is the formation of extra fibrous connective tissue in an organ. It is a reactionary response most commonly deployed for reparative purposes, although fibrosis can also occur in response to a foreign object. "We show that you preserve many other important immune functions, including wound healing and phagocytosis, but you lose this fibrotic cascade."  Read More

      

  • March 23, 2017

    New Study Shows Promising Future for Patients with Crohn's Disease 

    The largest study on pediatric patients with Crohn's Disease will pave the way for how those young patients are treated as soon as they're diagnosed. The groundbreaking work is the result of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's "RISK Stratification Study." It looked at more than 900 pediatric patients over three years. Crohn's is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. Many patients develop other conditions that require multiple hospital visits or surgery. But now there's hope. Read More

    Eyesight Saved by Patches Made Out of Placenta: Dressings are Being Used in NHS Hospitals to Promote Wound-Healing for Victims of Burns

    Dressings made from discs of human placenta are being used in NHS hospitals on victims of eye injuries - to save their sight. The patches can be applied directly to the eyes of burns or trauma victims, reducing pain by up to 70 per cent and promoting wound-healing. Experts say that the medical advance has 'transformed' the way such injuries are treated.  Read More

    Skin Grafting Method Stops Chronic Wound Recurrence

    A recently developed skin graft treatment may help speed up the healing process for chronic wounds like pressure sores and diabetic ulcers - and keep them from coming back. That's according to a new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, which tested a new autograft system that helped treat different types of chronic wounds. The system, which the school didn't develop itself, harvests the top layer of skin in a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in an outpatient setting. Read More

    Salicylic Acid Exposure Might Increase Risk of Staphylococcus Aureus

    Salicylic acid is the main biometabolite of aspirin and is also used in acne treatments. Previous research has shown it can alter the expression of Staphylococcus aureus virulence factors, a bacterium commonly found in the nose. The researchers say the findings suggest salicylic acid consumption could contribute to S. aureus infection in people regularly exposed to it, such as through frequent aspirin consumption.  Read More