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  • October 3, 2017

    Online Clinical Education: Are you doing all you can to ensure a Culture of Safety within your organization?  Learn how improving vascular access dressing disruption can help reduce the risk of Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections (CRBSI)

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    How Staph Cells Evade the Body's Immune System

    For years, medical investigators have tried and failed to develop vaccines for a type of staph bacteria associated with the deadly superbug MRSA. But a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators shows how staph cells evade the body's immune system, offering a clearer picture of how a successful vaccine would work. Staph frequently causes skin infections but occasionally can lead to deadly conditions such as sepsis, pneumonia and bloodstream infections, particularly in hospitalized patients whose immune systems could be weakened by illness. Read More

    Wound Care: Patch Could Improve Healing and Reduce Scarring

    Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new gel patch prototype that could speed up the healing of a skin wound while minimising the formation of scars. The team unveiled the patch today as a proof-of-concept. When fully developed, this healing patch could be a boon for diabetic patients, who suffer from hard-to-heal skin lesions and for patients undergoing surgery. The new patch is unlike other single-purpose patches in the market, which either reduce the scarring or improve healing, but not both. Read More

    Venous Ulcers: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

    Our veins have valves that carry deoxygenated blood from all over the body toward the heart. In case of veinous insufficiency, valves of the leg veins get damaged, which makes for backward flow of blood in the legs. The rise of blood in the legs increases the blood pressure, and thus nutrients and gases are not absorbed by the tissues. Cells in the legs start dying, leading to wound formation. The following things can increase a patient's chances of getting these ulcers.  Read More

    Fibrocell Reports Interim Results of Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of FCX-007 Gene Therapy for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

    Fibrocell Science, Inc., a gene therapy company focused on transformational autologous cell-based therapies for skin and connective tissue diseases, today reported interim results in its Phase 1/2 clinical trial of FCX-007 for the treatment of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB). Three adult non-collagenous (NC)1+ patients have been dosed with a single intradermal injection session of FCX-007 in the margins of and across targeted wounds, as well as in separate intact skin sites. Five wounds were treated on the three subjects, ranging in size from 4.4cm2 to 13.1cm2. Read More

  • September 26, 2017

    Nursing Home Debridement Shows Promise for Wounds

    Traditional surgical debridement helped reduce wound size for a majority of wound care patients in skilled nursing settings, but it didn't typically lead to full closure, according to a new study in Wounds. Investigators reviewed the charts of 227 patients affiliated with a Los Angeles-based wound care practice. The group had a total of 319 wounds, and 190 of them were treated with weekly debridement. Read More

    WHO: 'Serious Lack' of Antibiotics in Development to Address Resistance

    In a new report, WHO warned of a "serious lack" of new antibiotics in development to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. The agency said nine of 11 biologicals in early-stage development target priority pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and P. aeruginosa, but it is unclear if such treatments could serve as real alternatives to antibiotics. Read More

    Diabetes-Related Amputations up Significantly in California - and San Diego

    Clinicians are amputating more toes, legs, ankles and feet of patients with diabetes in California - and San Diego County in particular - in a "shocking" trend that has mystified diabetes experts here and across the country. Statewide, lower-limb amputations increased by more than 31 percent from 2010 to 2016 when adjusted for population change. In San Diego County, the increase was more than twice that: 66.4 percent. Read More

  • September 19, 2017

    3-D Printing Materials for Wound Care and Decorative Elements

    Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3-D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3-D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose applications will be seen in indoor decoration elements, textiles and the production of mock-ups. Read More

    Hurricane Harvey First Responder Gets Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Texas Storm Water

    A man in Texas says he got infected with flesh-eating bacteria while helping his neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last week. At first he wasn't concerned, but when the swelling spread the next morning, Atkins went to Houston Methodist in Sugar Land, according to KPRC, a local news station. The hospital figured out he had flesh-eating bacteria, or necrotizing fasciitis, and quickly prepared him for several surgeries. Read More

    Compression: Answers from the Experts

    Chronic venous disease (CVD) affects more than 10 million men and more than 20 million women in the United States, with some 8 percent experiencing advanced CVD with skin changes and ulceration. Health care professionals make it their goal to prevent skin changes and dangerous ulcers by applying treatments that address edema (swelling) and the body's natural process of releasing fluids, and that help redirect blood flow back toward the heart. Read More

  • September 12, 2017

    3D Printing Accident Leads to Discovery of Bio-Active 'Tissue Paper' for Organ Regeneration

    A remarkable new 3D printing discovery by researchers at Northwestern University has huge potential benefits for the treatment of cancer patients. After a fortuitous accident in a bio-printing lab which led to the creation of a tissue-paper like bio-active material, made of organic tissue, the material has now been produced intentionally in a variety of different forms. As well as stimulating hormone production, the tissue papers are also useful for wound healing. According to Shah, they could provide support and the cell signaling needed to help regenerate tissue to prevent scarring and accelerate healing. Read More

    The Importance of Pain Management in Wound Care

    In the world of wound care, skin and wound nurses are the experts. They are usually asked to consult by physicians and surgeons in managing wounds. Wound clinics may be run by them or in partnership with a physician. Pain is a huge issue in the management of wounds. Entire chapters on pain are included in textbooks on Skin and Wound Care. Pain inhibits wound healing, increases the likelihood of infection, and creates stress and anxiety. This all effects quality of life. This is fact, not opinion. Read More

    Biomedical Engineering Professor Receives $1.7 Million NIH Grant to Continue Wound Healing Research

    Quinn's project will use label-free multiphoton microscopy to quantify and understand these age-related changes within wounds. Multiphoton microscopy enables 3-D imaging of skin metabolism and organization without the use of stains or dyes. This research builds off of the progress that Quinn and his colleagues have made in using multiphoton microscopy to evaluate impaired healing in diabetic wounds. Read More

  • 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