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May 15, 2018

Nutrition in Patients with Chronic Non-Healing Ulcers: a Paradigm Shift in Wound Care

Chronic ulcers continue to pose a significant clinical and economic burden for both patients and wound care practitioners. Despite good standard of care (SOC), many wounds fail to heal. Wound healing requires a complex cascade of physiologic and immunologic processes as well as proper nutrition. An adequate balance of macro- and micronutrients is important to support the cellular activities that are necessary for repairing and remodeling of tissue. Despite being well documented in a number of clinical studies there continues to be a gap in recognizing nutritional deficits as well as appropriate clinical interventions in patients with chronic wounds. Read More

Study Shows Safety, Efficacy of Stem Cells in Treating Angiitis-Induced Critical Limb Ischemia

A long-term study of patients who received stem cells to treat angiitis-induced critical limb ischemia (AICLI) shows the cells to be both safe and effective. The study, published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM), could lead to an option for those who suffer from this serious form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). AICLI is caused by an inflammation of the blood vessels that leads to a severe blockage in the arteries of the lower or upper extremities. It causes severe pain and impaired mobility, and can even lead to amputation and death. While endovascular and surgical reconstruction are the mainstream treatments for critical limb ischemia (CLI), these classical treatments are unfeasible in approximately 15 to 20 percent of patients. Read More

HbA1c, Wound Healing Unrelated in Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Among patients with long-term diabetic foot ulcers, neither baseline HbA1c nor change in HbA1c was associated with wound healing time, according to findings from a clinic-based observational study. “Although we know that chronic hyperglycemia leads to neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, which are the proximal risk factors for diabetic foot ulcers, we did not see a clear association between HbA1c levels and wound healing in patients who have developed foot ulcers.” Read More

Making Sense Out of Quality Measures in Long-Term Care

What are the quality measures that are most important, he asked — particularly from the perspective of the physical therapist? And if there are options between two interventions, Ciolek asked, how does long-term care work with the government to develop measures that help determine what care is most appropriate, along with educating frontline clinicians to understand and address resident needs? “As clinicians, we may develop a narrow-minded standpoint of looking on with blinders and focusing on the ability of a person to move their legs or walk,” he said. “But the broader perspective is how does that affect their whole quality of life and their ability to function safely wherever they may live? What haven't we addressed?” Read More