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VA researchers are developing a new instrument for measuring bedsores, using 3D cameras, tablet computers, and algorithms, to help treat the problem in Veterans with spinal cord injuries. Investigators at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida, are testing an innovative computer-based system designed to more accurately measure bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers. Accurate measurement of the wound, followed by optimal treatment, is key to preventing it from worsening. Read More
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Extracts from the seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree show antibacterial activity on pathogens that can cause skin infections such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, a study at Emory University finds. Frontiers in Microbiology is publishing the results of laboratory experiments showing that the extracts inhibit the growth of Cutibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. Read More
Pressure injuries are associated with increased length of hospital stay, high healthcare costs, and poor patient outcomes. Although many factors contribute to PI risk, morbid obesity (body mass index [BMI] > 40) is a significant and independent risk factor. Simple steps—such as turning and repositioning—that effectively reduce PI development in most patients are more challenging with patients who are obese.Barriers to adopting new technology as well as a lack of resources, training, and special equipment to aid in turning and repositioning large patients can prevent nurses and other healthcare workers from providing the best possible care. Read More