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  • May 21, 2019

    New Dispersion Method to Effectively Kill Biofilm Bacteria Could Improve Wound Care

    Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a method to treat bacterial infections which could result in better wound care. Biofilms are a structured community of bacterial cells that are adherent to inert or living surfaces. What makes these structures special is that living within these biofilm communities makes its resident bacteria resistant to antibiotics. A research team led by Karin Sauer, professor of biological sciences at Binghamton University, demonstrated that two important human pathogens, P. aeruginosa and S. aureus, need pyruvate to form these structured biofilm communities that are inherently resistant to antibiotics. In turn, the research team demonstrated that removal of pyruvate induces a physiological change in biofilm bacteria that has two consequences: 1) it causes them to disassemble the biofilm structure in a process referred to as biofilm dispersion; and 2) it renders biofilm bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics. Read More  

    WOC Skin Health Weekly Launches Two New Surveys

    We invite all clinicians to participate in our two newest market research studies; SAWC Spring 2019 Conference Feedback, and Wound Care Brand Awareness Study. These two surveys can be found in the Active Surveys section below. Thank you for your participation.   Take a Survey

    Electric Field-Based Dressing Helps Heal Wound Infections

    Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have found a way to charge up the fight against bacterial infections using electricity. Work conducted in the laboratories of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, Chandan Sen, PhD and Sashwati Roy, PhD has led to the development of a dressing that uses an electric field to disrupt biofilm infection. Their findings were recently published in the journal Annals of Surgery. Bacterial biofilms are thin, slimy films of bacteria that form on some wounds, including burns or post-surgical infections, as well as after a medical device, such as a catheter, is placed in the body. Read More

    Role of Fibroblast Populations in Periodontal Wound Healing and Tissue Remodeling

    After injury to periodontal tissues, a sequentially phased healing response is initiated that enables wound closure and partial restoration of tissue structure and function. Wound closure in periodontal tissues involves the tightly regulated coordination of resident cells in epithelial and connective tissue compartments. Multiple cell populations in these compartments synergize their metabolic activities to reestablish a mucosal seal that involves the underlying periodontal connective tissues and the attachment of these tissues to the tooth surface. Read More

  • May 15, 2019

    New Biomaterials Could Promote Natural Wound Healing

    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

    The Increasing Importance of Interdisciplinary Wound Care

    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

    Heterogeneous Distribution of Lesions Among Persons With Atopic Dermatitis

    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

    Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessments ‘Like Flipping a Coin’

    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

  • May 8, 2019

    3M Rolls Out Its Biggest Deal: $6.7B to Buy Wound-Care Company

    3M Co.'s $6.7 billion purchase of wound-care company Acelity Inc. will be the biggest acquisition in its history. The Maplewood-based 3M, which makes everything from Post-it notes to safety equipment and optical films, said Thursday it is buying San Antonio-based Acelity and its KCI subsidiaries from investment funds Apax Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. The deal includes the assumption of $2.4 billion of Acelity debt. Read More

    Researchers Pinpoint Microbial Strains That Delay Healing in Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have identified specific strains of microbiota in patients with slow-healing diabetic foot ulcers, indicating the microbiomes of foot ulcers could predict clinical outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions, according to findings published in Cell Host and Microbe. “Our study has shown for the first time that differences at the strain-level within bacterial species can be associated with different outcomes,” Lindsay Kalan, PhD, assistant professor of medical microbiology and immunology at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Endocrine Today. Read More

    Nanofiber-Hydrogel Composite Allows Soft Tissue to Regenerate

    A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has developed a gel that, when injected into test animals, allowed new soft tissue to grow—replacing lost tissue. In their paper published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the group describes their work developing the gel and how well it worked in test rats and rabbits. When a person loses a chunk of soft tissue due to an accident, infection or surgical procedure, surgeons have very few options available to induce the body to regenerate the missing tissue, leaving patients with disfiguring reminders of their loss. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a new gel that shows promise as a soft-tissue regenerative tool. Read More

    Atopic Dermatitis Associated with Extracutaneous Infections

    Extracutaneous infections, particularly ear infections, strep throat and urinary tract infections, have an increased likelihood in patients with atopic dermatitis, according to a literature review. Linda Serrano, MD, and colleagues from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, reviewed all published observational studies that included controls and evaluated the relationship between atopic dermatitis and bacterial infections. Seven studies, published between 1994 and 2018, were included in the analysis.The researchers identified a higher prevalence of numerous extracutaneous infections across multiple studies. Read More

  • May 2, 2019

    Porcupine Barbs For Better Wound Healing

    At first, the idea of using porcupine quills to patch up wounds sounds torturous. But, taking inspiration from the spiky rodent, researchers have begun to work on a new type of surgical staple that may be less damaging — and less painful — than current staples. Worldwide, surgeons perform more than 4 million operations annually, usually using sutures and staples to close wounds. Yet these traditional tools designed to aid healing can create their own problems. "We've been using sutures and staples for decades, and they've been incredibly useful," says Jeff Karp, a bioengineer at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "But there are challenges in terms of placing them for minimally invasive procedures." Read More

    3D Printing Grows Up, Heals Wounds by Printing Skin

    Scientists have created a mobile bioprinter that when filled with a patient's cells, prints skin directly into a wound. We've been writing about 3D printing for what seems like forever. From its sustainable benefits to its ability to spit out $4000 tiny homes and grand architectural statements alike. Not to mention entire colonies on Mars. But now additive manufacturing has crept into a new realm with the first-ever mobile bioprinter; it doesn't layer plastic into design shapes, but rather, prints skin onto wounds. It's not the first time that 3D printing has been used in medicine – they've used it to create organs and vessels and limbs. But the practicality and efficacy of a mobile skin printer surely seems like it could come in handy. Read More

    Suture Spacing Yields Similar Cosmetic Outcomes During Linear Wound Closures

    Researchers reported no statistically significant difference in wound cosmesis or total complications between running cutaneous sutures spaced 2 mm or 5 mm apart among patients who underwent Mohs procedures or surgical excision on the head or neck. “There appears to be significant variation among surgeons regarding the spacing between sutures,” Lindsay R. Sklar, MD, of the department of dermatology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “Some prefer closely spaced sutures, believing they result in better wound edge apposition and eversion and less potential edge misalignment. Read More

    Microbiomes of Diabetic Foot Ulcers are Associated With Clinical Outcomes

    New research suggests that the microbial communities associated with chronic wounds common in diabetic patients affect whether those wounds heal or lead to amputations. Work led by University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology Lindsay Kalan and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania found that particular strains of the common pathogen Staphylococcus aureus exclusively infected diabetic foot ulcers that never healed, indicating these strains may delay healing. Read More

  • April 25, 2019

    Photobiomodulation Therapy for Wound Care: A Potent, Noninvasive, Photoceutical Approach

    The use of light therapy dates back to ancient civilizations, going as far back as the ancient Egyptians and Indians, who used sunlight (heliotherapy) for healing and promoting health. The therapeutic use of light energy was more fully appreciated in the late 19th century when a Danish physician-scientist, Niels Ryberg Finsen, demonstrated the benefits of red and blue light in the treatment of lupus vulgaris and was recognized with the 1903 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology. In 1960, the L.A.S.E.R. (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) by Theodore Maiman was invented, based on theoretical work by Albert Einstein in 1917. Read More

    3D Images, Algorithms are Key in Potential New Tool for Measuring Bedsores in Spinal Cord Injury

    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. People with spinal cord injuries are at high risk for developing pressure ulcers due to immobility, a lack of sensation, moisture, and other risk factors. Pressure ulcers are painful injuries to the skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin. They most often develop on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the heels, ankles, hips, and tailbone, and they can appear due to a lack of blood flow. They can also lead to the premature death of cells in living tissue. Read More

    Welding With Stem Cells for Next-Generation Surgical Glues

    Scientists at the University of Bristol have invented a new technology that could lead to the development of a new generation of smart surgical glues and dressings for chronic wounds. The new method, pioneered by Dr Adam Perriman and colleagues, involves re-engineering the membranes of stem cells to effectively "weld" the cells together. Cell membrane re-engineering is emerging as a powerful tool for the development of next generation cell therapies, as it allows scientists to provide additional functions in the therapeutic cells, such as homing, adhesion or hypoxia (low oxygen) resistance. At the moment, there are few examples where the cell membrane is re-engineered to display active enzymes that drive extracellular matrix production, which is an essential process in wound healing. Read More

    Wearable Sensors Simic Skin to Help With Wound Healing Process

    Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, have developed skin-inspired electronics to conform to the skin, allowing for long-term, high-performance, real-time wound monitoring in users."We eventually hope that these sensors and engineering accomplishments can help advance healthcare applications and provide a better quantitative understanding in disease progression, wound care, general health, fitness monitoring and more," said Matthew Brown, a PhD student at Binghamton University. Biosensors are analytical devices that combine a biological component with a physiochemical detector to observe and analyze a chemical substance and its reaction in the body. Conventional biosensor technology, while a great advancement in the medical field, still has limitations to overcome and improvements to be made to enhance their functionality. Read More

  • April 18, 2019

    Surgical Site Infection Rates Differ By Gender for Certain Procedures

    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

    What Is Regenerative Medicine and How can It promote Wound Healing?

    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

    WOC Nurse Week 2019

    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

    Electrifying Wound Care: Better Bandages to Destroy Bacteria

    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