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While doctors have various materials on hand to dress wounds, researchers continue to look for ways to improve those supplies. A recent development from a team at Imperial College London involves a new molecule that can change how traditional wound care materials react with the body. By interacting with tissues as healing takes place, the molecule can promote accelerated yet natural wound healing.The researchers named the new molecules traction force-activated payloads, or TrAPs for short. They're designed to connect wound care dressings and other materials to the body's natural repair systems, allowing the pair to work together to promote healing. Read More
It is increasingly recognized and accepted that wounds are both common and expensive in clinical practice. Recent publications have suggested that up to 10% of NHS [National Health Service] expenditure in the United Kingdom is directed towards treating patients with wound healing difficulties. Although the cost of the products used to affect wound healing is significant, the majority of the costs are driven by the inefficient, fragmented and haphazard way in which services are provided to patients with wounds. Read More
Investigators observed dissimilar patterns of distribution of lesions with atopic dermatitis, which were linked to poorer quality of life. Distribution of lesions has shown significant heterogeneity among individuals with atopic dermatitis, according to study results recently published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. Associations were found between lesion patterns and quality of life (QoL).This population-based, cross-sectional study included 602 adult participants who met criteria for atopic dermatitis as defined by the UK working party. Read More
Current guidelines for preventing pressure ulcers are outdated and existing risk assessment tools are “like flipping a coin”, an international expert says. Netherlands-based Dick Schilstra, a trained tissue viability nurse who now specialises in medical devices for pressure care as Group Product Manager at TSS Invacare, was in Sydney this month to address a conference about developments in pressure wound care. Read More