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February 13, 2018

Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care

Pressure ulcer prevention requires an interdisciplinary approach to care. Some parts of pressure ulcer prevention care are highly routinized, but care must also be tailored to the specific risk profile of each patient. No individual clinician working alone, regardless of how talented, can prevent all pressure ulcers from developing. Rather, pressure ulcer prevention requires activities among many individuals, including the multiple disciplines and multiple teams involved indeveloping and implementing the care plan. To accomplish this coordination, high quality prevention requires an organizational culture and operational practices that promote teamwork and communication, as well as individual expertise. Read More

Shock Waves Can Help Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers caused by poor circulation, neuropathy or foot deformities represent one of the most expensive and difficult complications to heal for people with diabetes. Wound centers initially use “standard of care” treatments to clean the wound and remove dead skin along with expensive topical agents and sometimes even honey. Adjunct treatments often are needed to improve the chances of healing diabetes foot ulcers that, once infected, can lead to amputations. Now another safe and effective adjunct treatment has been added to the wound-healing arsenal. Read More

Lactic Acid Bacteria Could be Key for Accelerated Wound Healing

Researchers have found a new method to accelerate how wounds heal in humans. A team of scientists from Uppsala University and SLU has discovered that lactic acid bacteria can be transformed into human chemokine-producing vectors to bioengineer the wound microenvironment and greatly accelerate wound closure. The researchers are the first to develop the concept for topical use. The technology could turn out to be disruptive to the field of biologic drugs. A treatment that kick-starts and accelerates wound healing would have a significant impact due to the aging population, occurrence of chronic diseases including diabetes and the global spread of antibiotic resistances. Read More

Smartphone App Allows Doctors, Nurses to Remotely Monitor Wound Healing

The healing of postoperative surgical wounds can be effectively monitored with a new smartphone app, new research indicates. The app, called WoundCheck, can be used to send digital images of a post-surgical wound with a short patient-administered questionnaire to monitoring nurses and could help reduce the need for post-surgical patient readmission, researchers report in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study, conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, indicates that the sending of images by patients can reduce surgical site infections and patient readmissions, and improve patient care. Read More