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  • August 8, 2016

    Incidence of Peristomal Pyoderma Gangrenosum Linked to Pre-Existing Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Patients with inflammatory bowel disease were at a greater risk for peristomal pyoderma gangrenosum, a subtype of pyoderma gangrenosum, according to study results. PPG is a diagnosis of exclusion and is often misdiagnosed as suture abscess, contact dermatitis, irritation from stoma leakage, infection, or extension of underlying Crohn's disease. A broad range of therapies, including topical and systemic medication and surgical intervention, have been used, with no single intervention showing consistent efficacy. Read More

    Higher Osteoprotegerin Levels Associated With Foot Ulcer in Type 1 Diabetes

    "To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to show an association between higher levels of [osteoprotegerin] and development of foot ulcer in type 1 diabetes, independent of other risk factors. This might be attributed to the role of [osteoprotegerin] both in peripheral vascular disease and neuropathy; the two major factors contributing to foot ulcer." Read More

    Skin Treatment for Infected Pressure Sores and Superbugs Could Revolutionize Hospital Care

    A cream which could make bacteria slide off the skin could revolutionize the fight against superbugs and painful pressure sores which affects millions of people in hospital every year. The treatment, which has been tested on laboratory-grown 'model' skin, prevents infection without directly killing bacteria and promoting antibiotic resistance. Experts said bacteria invading a wound or bed sore attach themselves to the skin by hijacking sticky patches on human cells. Read More

  • August 1, 2016

    Experts Offer Guidance for Antibiotic Stewardship in Wound Care

    An international group of experts on infectious diseases has published new guidance on reducing antibiotic use, and promoting stewardship, in the treatment of wounds.The position paper, is an effort to establish standards for diagnosing and treating clinically infected wounds and to incorporate antimicrobial stewardship structures into the daily practice of managing wound care. Read More

    Medicare Panel Votes Against Coverage for Leg Vein Treatments

    A panel that advises the CMS on Medicare coverage decisions concluded there's too little evidence that current treatments for diseased leg veins improve health outcomes. The Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee voted Wednesday against recommending national Medicare coverage for the procedures. If the CMS agrees, the conclusion would leave in place the patchwork of local coverage decisions by Medicare contractors, which has led to inconsistent reimbursement for providers and access for patients. Read More

    Cancer-Fighting Therapy Shows Promise as Treatment to Speed Up Wound Healing

    A type of targeted therapy that has shown promising results treating advanced melanoma could also be used to help speed up how the skin repairs itself from injury, providing a potential new way to accelerate healing of acute and chronic wounds. In the United States alone, chronic wounds affect more than 6.5 million people and many areas of medicine-from improving recovery times after surgery to reducing skin-related secondary effects of cancer treatments and other diseases-can benefit from speeding up the skin's healing process. Read More

    Do Uncomplicated Lacerations Need To Be Closed Within Six Hours?

    There is a common misconception that all wounds must be either sutured within a few hours or left open and relegated to slow healing and an unsightly scar. Early in my medical career, I was taught the same rule, only I heard that it was the Eight Hour Rule. I remember patients coming to the ER where I was working as an orderly being told that their laceration could not be sutured because it was, say, ten hours old. I was told that the reason for this was that the risk of infection goes up way up with laceration age and after eight hours, they mostly all got infected. Wrong-o! Read More