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Men and women are at differing risks of developing surgical site infections depending on the type of operation they undergo, according to new research being presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April). The findings, generated from national surveillance data and involving over a million operations, indicate that women may be at greater risk than men for contracting surgical site infections following certain surgeries. Read More
When traditional treatments fail to heal wounds, many doctors look to modern alternatives to help patients recover. Regenerative medicine is one of the most recent developments to become a worthy treatment alternative.The National Institutes of Health defines regenerative medicine as the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace lost tissue or organ function. Through regeneration, replacement and rejuvenation, regenerative-medicine techniques work with the body’s natural wound-healing processes to promote recovery.Regenerative medicine allows doctors to repair and restore damaged or nonfunctioning tissue cells. What can regenerative medicine do for wound healing? When wounds damage tissues, regenerative medicine can replace the damaged cells or restore them to proper health. This promotes wound healing in various cases. Read More
Not all superheroes wear capes! During Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Nurse Week, April 14-20, 2019, the WOCN® Society is celebrating and empowering WOC nurses to discover the superhero that lives within them. As educators, researchers, leaders, experts and caregivers, each WOC nurse has a unique set of skills that allow them to bring unparalleled quality and value to the lives of individuals who suffer from non-healing wounds, ostomies, and urinary and fecal incontinence. Read More
Bandages infused with electricity can help heal wounds faster than typical bandages or antibiotics—but for years, researchers have not really understood why. A recent study by a team at The Ohio State University is offering new clues about the science behind those bandages, and researchers say the findings could help lead to better wound treatment.The bandages belong to a class of therapies called electroceuticals, which are devices that use electrical impulses to treat medical issues such as wounds. The study, published online recently in the journal Scientific Reports by a research team at The Ohio State University, is the first of its kind to look at the ways electroceutical bandages kill bacteria around a wound, allowing wounds to heal faster. Electroceutical bandages have been used to treat wounds since at least 2013. Read More