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In this study, researchers assessed mortality outcomes in Australian patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), a common problem in longstanding diabetes. Between January 2003 and June 2015, they included all patients with DFU presenting for the first time to the Multi-Disciplinary Foot Clinic (MDFC) at Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory Australia. Read More
In 2014, approximately 14.2 million inpatient operations were performed in U.S. hospitals. A survey of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, revealed an estimated 157,500 surgical site infections associated with inpatient surgeries in 2011. Although advances have been made in infection control practices, surgical site infections remain an alarming cause of morbidity, prolonged hospitalization, and death. In fact, these infections are associated with a mortality rate of 3 percent, and 75 percent of deaths are directly attributable to these infections. Read More
Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC), a global medical technology company, announced today a collaboration with Microsoft to bring advanced, actionable point-of-care data and solutions to caregivers and healthcare provider organizations. Read More
To best manage lymphedema, patients must first have an understanding of their disease, no matter what its type, according to Sherry Hite, an occupational therapy lead in the Department of Rehabilitation Services at City of Hope in Duarte, California. At the 11th annual Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer conference in San Diego, California, Hite discussed the treatment of lymphedema. Education plays a key role, she said: “Education needs to start early on and across disease groups that are [affected] by lymphedema.” There are 2 types of lymphedema: primary, which is less common and arises from developmental abnormalities of the lymphatic system, and secondary, the type seen in patients with cancer as it arises from trauma to the lymphatic system. Secondary lymphedema can be a result of surgery, radiation, cancer itself, obesity, or infection. Read More