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  • November 14, 2016

    State Proclamations for Pressure Injury Awareness Day!

    The NPUAP has been reaching out to each state requesting they declare the 3rd Thursday of every November as Pressure Injury Awareness Day. To date the following states have issued proclamations: Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, DC and Wisconsin.  Read More

    6 Diabetes Vascular Complications - And How To Avoid Them

    People who live with diabetes know they have a lot of health management to do - monitor their blood sugar, stay alert for eye problems and monitor for foot infections. But some may not understand that many of the most common complications of diabetes stem from one primary issue: the havoc that high blood sugar, also called hyperglycemia, causes for the body's blood vessels. Because blood brings oxygen to every living cell in the body, when blood vessels aren't working properly, the body suffers. Read More

    Protein May Play Important Role in Diabetic Wound Healing 

    In a recent study, investigators found that the application of a topical gel that contains the gene heat shock protein 60 significantly increased wound healing in a mouse model of diabetes. The heat shock protein 60 (Hsp60) is now known to be released at the injury site and is involved with tissue regeneration and healing. These findings may be important for creating treatments for wound healing and scar reduction, especially for patients with diabetes, according to the study published by npj Regenerative Medicine.The fungal communities in these wounds are known to cause bacterial-fungal biofilms, which prevent healing. Read More

     

  • November 7, 2016

    Kerecis Receives Funding from DoD to Develop Fish Skin Burn Treatment

    Kerecis, the company using fish skin to heal human wounds and tissue damage, and the Department of Defense (DoD) have entered into an agreement to develop new treatment methods for burn wounds. Cadaver skin is the preferred initial treatment for severe burns and is frequently used in the hospital setting. Skin grafting is the doctor's preferred way to treat stabilized burn wounds. However, neither cadaver skin nor skin grafting is practical in battlefield and other austere environments.   Read More

    Polymers Help Reverse Effects of Acute Kidney Injury, Facilitate Wound Healing and Spinal Surgeries

    An electroactive device fabricated from polyvinylidene fluoride that facilitates wound healing has been devised by NASA. This is a device that uses electrical activity to facilitate the wound healing process while protecting the wound. The bandage is made of an electroactive material that is stimulated by the heat of the body and the pressure of cell growth, thus no external power source is required. It offers benefits of speeding the wound healing process, combining active healing and wound protection into one, offering a slim, self-contained alternative to electrical stimulation devices for accelerated wound healing and minimizing infection and related complications (e.g., illness, amputation). Read More

    Animal Models of Chronic Wound Care: The Application of Biofilms in Clinical Research 

    Chronic wounds are a substantial clinical problem affecting millions of people worldwide. Pathophysiologically, chronic wounds are stuck in the inflammatory state of healing. The role of bacterial biofilms in suppression and perturbation of host response could be an explanation for this observation. An inhibiting effect of bacterial biofilms on wound healing is gaining significant clinical attention over the last few years. The etiology of the wound (venous insufficiency, ischemia, diabetes, pressure) has to be taken into consideration as underlying pathophysiological mechanisms and comorbidities display tremendous variation in humans. Read More

     

  • October 31, 2016

    New Scanner Shown to Detect Ulcers Earlier

    A futuristic wireless scanner based on NASA Mars lander technology can help nurses dramatically cut bedsore occurrence by detecting developing sores beneath the skin's surface several days before they break through the skin. The hand-held SEM Scanners have been developed by California medical device company Bruin Biometrics (BBI), which worked with a former NASA engineer to develop the device from a sensor on the Mars spacecraft.  Read More

    Defending Nursing Homes Cited with F-Tag 314

    As many long-term care providers know, F-Tag 314 is a federal regulation that governs pressure injuries (previously called "pressure sores or pressure ulcers") developed in nursing homes. This regulation mandates that, based on the comprehensive assessment of a resident, the facility must ensure that the resident who enters without a pressure sore does not develop one, unless the individual's clinical condition demonstrates that the pressure injury is unavoidable. Read More

    Advancing Wound Care Technology 

    Wound care is complex, time-intensive and crucial to reimbursements. Wounds need to be measured and documented on a regular basis to track changes in size and condition. These days, the wound care nurse' s main measuring tool-the paper ruler-is being replaced by hand-held camera technology that can record wound dimensions, color changes, tunneling and more with the click of a button. Read More

     

  • October 24, 2016

    These Doctors are Incorporating VR Into Pain Management

    Clinical VR is helping some patients recovering from painful injuries to lean on something other than pain meds. Read More

    Bone Healing Advanced Through Crab Shell Protein

    An advancement in nanotechnology: scientists have succeeded in combining a sugar, extracted from crab and shrimp shells, with nanomaterials. This is the building block for bone regeneration and wound healing. Read More

    New Board Game Introduced to Support Training in Emergency Burn Care for Front-Line Professionals 

    The Burns Game has been developed to meet this need and help healthcare professionals improve their knowledge of burn management, which is essential to ensure the best chance of recovery for patients.  Read More

     

  • October 17, 2016

    NASA Invents 'Electric Gauze' That Can Speed Up Wound Healing

    One method to facilitate wound healing is a new electric gauze recently announced by NASA. The thin material displays some mind-blowing properties, by generating a small amount of electricity when interacting with another surface, including human skin. The material, called polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) has numerous possible applications, including wound healing. It is proven that wounds tend to heal much more quickly if small amounts of electricity are applied to the surrounding tissue. But the gauze pattern is also essential to the healing process. Read More

    Cold Microwave Plasma Helps Cure Non-Healing Wounds

    A new study suggests that a course of cold microwave argon plasma treatments can increase the proliferation of human fibroblasts and keratinocytes. Cold plasma acts through the combination of a therapeutically relevant electrical field, low irradiation in the beneficial ultraviolet (UV) UV-A and UV-B wave length range, and activated gas particles from ambient air. The result is a deep-stimulation of the treated skin and wound surfaces. Read More

    Understanding Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Wound Care Treatment 

    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis. There are many possible side effects of atherosclerosis including angina and heart attacks if the coronary arteries are involved; strokes and transient ischemic attacks if the carotid and vertebral arteries are involved; and claudication, non-healing leg ulcers and critical limb ischemia if the lower extremity arteries are involved. Read More

    Research Findings Raise Hope for Better Treatment of Diabetic Wounds

    Diabetics often have to contend with wounds that heal poorly. Researchers have now gained fresh insights into the underlying cellular mechanisms. Their findings could lead to the development of new treatment methods. Parisa Kakanj, the author of the study, examined the skin of larvae of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. These flies serve as models for diabetes, because insulin metabolism has been strongly conserved over the course evolution, meaning that flies and mammals are very similar in this respect. Read More

  • October 10, 2016

    Scleroderma Study Identifies Risk Factors for PAH Development

    Researchers have identified risk factors of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in patients with Scleroderma, showing that the risk profiles differ between patients with limited and diffuse cutaneous Scleroderma. The study was published in the journal BMC Pulmonary Medicine. It suggests that the findings should be implemented in screening programs, allowing early identification of patients who are at risk, especially since PAH is the leading cause of mortality among patients with Scleroderma.  Read More

    The Self-Healing Needle: Device Inspired by MUSSELS Plugs its Own Puncture Wound After an Injection

    It may not be enough to remove the fear some of us have of needles, but now scientists have invented a hypodermic syringe which seals the hole it leaves behind after it is removed. The needle coated in a film physically plugs the gap left in a vein when it is removed. The breakthrough could help prevent a vast range of problems caused by bleeding under the skin.  Read More

    Diabetes: New Hope for Better Wound Healing 

    It had previously been assumed that high levels of glucose in the blood damages vessels and neurons and impairs the immune system, thereby accounting for the wound-healing problems. A Cologne-based research group headed by Linda Partridge, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, and Maria Leptin, professor at the Institute of Genetics of the University of Cologne, has now presented in a study that slowed insulin metabolism at the wound site directly affects neighboring cells involved in wound healing. Read More