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  • January 3, 2018

    Clinical Education Available On-Demand!  "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy."

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    Doctors Mend Cancer Wound With World’s Largest Skin Flap

    A team of doctors at KRIMS hospital, Ramdaspeth reconstructed a wound on a young man's face using perhaps world's largest skin flap. The PMMC (pectoralis major myocutaneous) flap, as it is technically called, was taken from right side of patient's chest and used for facial reconstruction on the wound of patient who has cancer in a severe stage. Read More

    A Risk Factor for Drug-Induced Skin Disease Identified

    Researchers have identified a type of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) that is associated with the skin disease bullous pemphigoid (BP) in diabetic patients administered with DPP-4 inhibitory drugs. DPP-4 inhibitor (DPP-4i) is widely used to treat type 2 diabetes, but increased cases of bullous pemphigoid (BP) have been reported among patients taking the medicine. BP is the most common autoimmune blistering disorder, characterized by itchy reddening of the skin as well as tense blisters over the whole body. Read More

    Researchers Create Unique Bioengineered Organoids for Modeling Colorectal Cancer

    A new study describes a unique bioengineered tissue construct, or organoid, into which colorectal cancer cells are embedded, creating a model of the tumor and surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM). The authors propose that in the future these organoids could be made using a patient's own cells for personalized medicine applications. Read More

    Can Probiotics Help Relieve Atopic Dermatitis Symptoms?

    A new randomized clinical trial published in JAMA Dermatology explores the effectiveness of oral probiotics in treating atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease estimated to occur in up to 20% of children around the world. In addition to recurrent bouts of intense inflammation and itching, children with atopic dermatitis are more likely to develop other disorders such as asthma and chronic sinusitis. Read More

    Nurses Should Practice Pressure Ulcer Prevention

    Pressure ulcer or injury prevention remains one of the most common and significant tasks in healthcare for decreasing harm. We would much rather prevent injury than watch a patient live through preventable pain, wounds or diagnoses. A paradigm shift is in progress toward education efforts in communities to help people maintain or achieve healthy lifestyles so preventable conditions are avoided. Read More


  • December 19, 2017

    Clinical Education Available On-Demand!  "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy."

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    The Future of Measuring Patient Safety

    There are at least 57 sessions at the IHI National Forum in Orlando this year that include the words "measure" or "measurement." Clearly there is strong interest in quantifying the results of our efforts to improve the quality of health care. But are we measuring what matters most to keep our patients safe from harm? Or is too much of our attention determined by the hope of incentives and fear of penalties? Read More

    Scientists Discover Metformin As The Optimal Anti-Aging Reagent To Improve Wound Healing

    Cutaneous wounds are one of the most common soft tissue injuries and usually are particularly hard to heal in aging. Recently, a team from Research and Development Center for Tissue Engineering at the Fourth Military Medical University of China identified the topical application of Metformin as the promising pharmacological approach to treat wound defects of both young and aged skin. They hope that this discovery will lead to one feasible cure of nonhealing wounds, particularly in patients with the advancing age. Read More

    Scientists Devise New Treatment for Diabetic Wounds

    Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology- Madras, Chennai and CSIR- Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai have developed a new drug combination to effectively treat diabetic wounds. A dressing of the wounds using the combination drug also revealed and increase in vascularisation- process by which new blood vessels are formed, while also increasing the recruitment of macrophages- a type of white blood cell that protects from infections. Read More

    Doctors Discover New Method to Heal Painful Diabetic Ulcers Using a Jab of 'Muffin Top' Fat

    The dreaded muffin top is the bane of many people's lives - an unsightly roll of flab that spills over the top of trousers or a skirt. But now doctors have discovered an ingenious use for the excess fat - they are using it in injections for painful foot ulcers that are difficult to treat. The technique, which results in rapid healing of the ulcer, has been found to be particularly effective among diabetic patients. Read More

  • December 13, 2017

    Clinical Education Available On-Demand!  "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy."

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    Research: Prognosis for People with Diabetic Foot Ulcers Worse Than Previously Thought

    The prognosis for people with an infected diabetic foot ulcer is worse than was previously thought, according to new research. More than half the patients in the research study did not see their ulcer heal over a year - and one in seven had to have part or all of their foot amputated. Read More

    Why Simple School Sores Often Lead to Heart and Kidney Disease in Indigenous Children

    Impetigo, also known as school sores, is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that occurs in children far more frequently than adults. It is one of the most common bacterial infections in children aged two to five years. While the infection itself is treatable, if left untreated it can lead to more serious conditions such as cellulitis (infection of the inner layers of skin) or abscess (painful collections of pus that build up under the skin). It can also progress to kidney disease, or it could cause acute rheumatic fever, which can affect the heart, joints, brain or skin. Read More

    A Dose of Tech to Boost Medical Care

    A medical scanner can assess the severity and depth of wounds in seconds - a task that would take a nurse about half an hour. The Kronikare, as the scanner is called, can also carry out the process with greater accuracy and less pain than if done manually. It uses a smartphone with an off-the-shelf thermal camera to capture the wound, and then interprets it with the help of artificial intelligence. The scanner can determine the size and depth of the wound, the temperature of the affected area and the tissue composition. It can also alert medical staff about any wound complications. Read More

    Treating S. Aureus Skin, Soft Tissue infections

    A pediatric infectious disease physician at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program, told Infectious Diseases in Children that draining the infection is fundamental to treatment in abscesses, often followed by antibiotic treatment after full drainage has occurred. He added that different antibiotics behave differently when treating soft tissue infections."The most important thing is that Staphylococcus aureus-related skin and soft tissue infections are on the decline," he said. Read More

  • December 6, 2017

    Surgery to Create Anuses Inspiring Fistula-Free Generation

    The race is on for a fistula-free generation, but a backlog and new emerging cases of the condition are overwhelming efforts to stem the source. "I cannot say that we are on track," said Iyeme Efem, country manager for Engender Health, which implements a US-funded project Fistula Care Plus to prevent, treat and rehabilitate women and girls living with fistula. Read More

    Mission Trail Hospital Unveils New Diabetes Initiative

    Mission Trail Baptist Hospital recently announced the Amputation Prevention Program (APP) aimed at reducing the number of procedures occurring as a result of complications from diabetes. The APP gives specialists the opportunity to intervene with the patients quicker once the discovery of the lower extremity wound or upon admission. Once the specialist sees the patient within 24 hours, a plan of care is developed for the patient.  Read More

    Probiotic Supplementation Aids Wound Healing in Diabetic Foot Ulcer

    Patients with a diabetic foot ulcer who received probiotic supplementation for 12 weeks experienced faster wound healing coupled with an improved glycemic and lipid profile compared with patients assigned placebo, according to findings from a randomized controlled trial. Probiotics may help to improve inflammatory factors through producing short chain fatty acids in the gut and reducing production of hydrogen peroxide radicals. Read More

    Wound Healing or Regeneration -- the Environment Decides?

    For humans, the loss of limbs is almost always an irreversible catastrophe. Many animals, however, are not only able to heal wounds but even to replace whole body parts. Biologists have now been able to prove for the first time that comb jellyfish can switch between two completely different self-healing processes depending on the environmental conditions. Read More

  • November 27, 2017

    Clinical Education Webcast: "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy." Featuring, Cindy Kildgore, RN, BSN, MSHA, CNOR

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    Pressure Ulcer Nurses Stop Patients Getting Bum Deal

    Experienced health workers met at the GWH's Orbital Shopping Park base, hoping to pass on tips to care workers, student nurses and others. They spent the morning showing off state-of-the art kit to help slash the risk of ulcers developing. They included a retro air mattress, designed to minimise the pressure on any one part of the body. A nutritionist was on hand to advise on diet - another factor in making sure that skin remains healthy. Read More

    Psoriasis Severity Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

    People with psoriasis are at a higher risk to develop type 2 diabetes than those without psoriasis, and the risk increases dramatically based on the severity of the disease. Researchers found people with psoriasis that covers 10 percent of their body or more are 64 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those without psoriasis, independent of traditional risk factors such as body weight. Read More

    Focus on Wound Management and Transfer Policies

    Mr RO'H, an aged care resident, was aged 69 when he died on 27 February 2013 from septic shock, due to or as a consequence of infected decubitus ulcers complicated by osteomyelitis. The Coroner's Forensic Medical Officer investigated the death and raised concerns with the nursing care provided to Mr RO'H, the assessment of Mr RO'H's dietary requirements, and the delay in transferring Mr RO'H to hospital once he became septic. Read More

  • November 20, 2017

    Clinical Education Webcast: "Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Implementing a Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Strategy." Featuring, Cindy Kildgore, RN, BSN, MSHA, CNOR

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    Some Sugars are Good for You, Engineers Discover

    A new use for sugar has been uncovered, which can aid healing and encourage blood vessel formation, say scientists. This would help tackle the increasing number of non-healing skin wounds associated with age, poor blood supply and diabetes. The breakthrough research could save money for health service providers in the UK and overseas, say the authors. Read More

    A Breakthrough in Stem Cell Therapy Saved a Boy's Life After Doctors Successfully Reconstructed his Skin

    Doctors were able to reconstruct functional skin for a 7-year-old boy suffering from a genetic skin disease. The patient had junctional epidermolysis bullosa, which causes the skin to become fragile and blister easily. A stem cell expert cloned the boy's healthy skin cells, grew the cultures onto sheets, and then attached the sheets on different parts of the boy's body. Read More

    New Implantable Muscle Stimulator Aims to Prevent Pressure Ulcers, Deep Tissue Injuries

    A team of researchers from Case Western Reserve and other institutions, has received a $1.8M, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop an implantable muscle stimulator for preventing pressure ulcers and deep tissue injuries to the buttocks. These serious medical conditions, which are caused by lying or sitting in one place for long periods of time, can lead to severe pain and infection, even death. Read More