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  • September 19, 2018

    Why Wound Healing Gets Harder As We Age

    When you skinned your knee as a kid, the scrape healed on its own with little more than a bandage and mom's TLC. Now that you're older, wounds can take much longer to heal — sometimes many months. "The body's capacity to repair the skin diminishes as we get older. There aren't as many growth factors and stem cells in the skin. Chronic disease, especially blood vessel disease, and malnutrition can also slow the healing process," says Dr. Dennis Orgill, a surgeon and medical director of the Wound Care Center at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. Read More

    Scientists Trial An Unexpected Source To Help Heal Hard-To-Treat Skin Injuries

    Scientists have revealed how proteins in menstrual blood can be used to stimulate skin repair, including wounds that otherwise recover poorly. Today, tens of billions of dollars are spent on chronic skin injuries, and increasing rates of diabetes are adding to this demand, so utilizing the womb's incredible ability to repair itself quickly could be the way forward. Read More

    Evidence-based Strategies Lead to Research Poster Win

    Protecting patients from pressure injury takes a team representing all players in surgical care to follow the safest evidence-based practices.
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    OIG to Investigate CMS Oversight of Skilled Nursing Staffing Measures

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced that it will launch a probe into the way skilled nursing facilities maintain their staffing records — with a focus on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) oversight of those requirements. Read More

  • September 12, 2018

    Utilization of Arteriovenous Grafts Secondary to Fistula Failure in Patients on Dialysis

    Improvement of the clinical practice guidelines for chronic hemodialysis patients has become a priority for CMS.1,2 The use of an arteriovenous fistula has become widely endorsed as the optimal vascular access device. The other two commonly used access modalities include an arteriovenous graft and a central venous catheter. Read More

    True Multidisciplinary Approach Essential for Limb Preservation

    To prevent amputation, physicians must assemble a comprehensive multidisciplinary team to care for patients at risk for losing their limbs, Ramon Varcoe, MD, MBBS, MS, FRACS, PhD, said at AMP: The Amputation Prevention Symposium. A multidisciplinary approach to limb preservation begins with recognizing the major drivers of amputation. The global public health threat posed by the “tsunami of diabetes,” for instance, is a significant problem, he said. Read More

    Behavioral Treatment Reduces Urinary Incontinence

    A new group-administered behavioral treatment program was safe, cost-effective, reduced urinary incontinence frequency and severity, and improved quality of life among older women, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. “Urinary incontinence guidelines recommend behavioral interventions as first-line treatment using individualized approaches,” Ananias C. Diokno, MD, from the department of urology at Beaumont Hospital, Michigan, and colleagues wrote. “A one-time, group-administered behavioral treatment could enhance access to behavioral treatment.”  Read More

    One-Third of Orthopedic Trauma Patients Did Not Meet New CDC SSI Definition

    Patients with early vs late infection were not significantly different other than the need for flap coverage. About one-third patients at a level 1 trauma center did not meet the CDC definition for acute postoperative infection following fracture fixation, a presenter at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting said. The CDC in 2016 changed the timeframe of its the definition of deep surgical site infections (SSIs) from within 1-year of the initial surgery to within 90 days of the initial surgery. Read More

  • August 28, 2018

    Cannabis Link to Relieving Intestinal Inflammation Explained

    This is the first-time scientists have reported a biological mechanism to explain why some marijuana users have reported beneficial effects from cannabis on intestine inflammation conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Researchers hope that their findings will lead to the development of drugs and treatments for gut disorders, which affect millions of people around the world and are caused when the body's immune defenses mistakenly attack the lining of the intestine. Read More

    Fighting Lung Infection Trumps Wound Healing

    The innate immune system is responsible for responding to infections, clearing cancerous cells, healing wounds, and removing foreign substances. Although many of these functions happen simultaneously in life, most laboratory studies of the innate (or early) immune response focus on one activity. How the innate immune system responds to concurrent insults in different parts of the body is not well understood. To address this question, Dr. Meredith Crane, Dr. Amanda Jamieson and colleagues set out to determine the impact of a respiratory infection on wound healing. Read More

    Cilostazol Boosts Ulcer Healing, Amputation-Free Survival in CLI

    Cilostazol improved amputation-free survival and ulcer healing in patients with critical limb ischemia who underwent endovascular or surgical revascularization, researchers reported. The researchers conducted a retrospective, single-center cohort study to determine predictors of ulcer healing time and amputation-free survival in patients with Rutherford class 5 CLI who underwent infrainguinal arterial revascularization.  Read More

    When is Wound Cleansing Necessary and What Solution Should be Used?

    Routinely cleansing wounds at every dressing change can do more harm than good, as scrubbing the granulating wound bed with gauze swabs may disrupt fragile tissue growth and damage new capillaries. The body may perceive this as a new injury and re-launch an inflammatory response, which will only delay the healing process. Cleansing wounds is, therefore, not recommended unless the wound shows signs of infection, presents with slough or is visibly contaminated with faecal material or debris. This article explains the circumstances in which it is appropriate to cleanse a wound, when it is appropriate to use tap water and when a sterile solution is recommended. Read More

  • August 21, 2018

    Complimentary Clinical Education Webcast: "Stressing the Dressing: Reducing Vascular Access Device Complications" Featuring, Russel Nassof, JD. Wednesday, August 22nd. Space is limited.

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    Familial Hypercholesterolemia Linked to Increased PAD Risk

    Patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) are at increased risk of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and chronic kidney disease (CKD), a new prospective study confirms. Ankle-brachial index (ABI) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were also independently associated with risk of myocardial infarction in FH patients.  Read More

    PNF Exercises Can Help CMT1A Patients Prevent Foot Drop, Study Suggests

    Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) muscle-stretching exercises can help prevent foot drop in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease type 1A. The finding is reported in the study “Ipsilateral proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation patterns improve overflow and reduce foot drop in patients with demyelinating polyneuropathy,” led by researchers at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and published in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation.  Read More

    Experimental Drug Reverses Hair Loss and Skin Damage Linked to Fatty Diet, Shows New Study in Mice

    In a series of experiments with mice, investigators have used an experimental compound to successfully reverse hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation linked by previous studies to human diets heavy in fat and cholesterol. "Further research is needed, but our findings show promise for someday using the drug we developed for skin diseases such as psoriasis, and wounds resulting from diabetes or plastic surgery."  Read More

    Community Nurses ‘Under Real Pressure’ From Chronic Wound Care

    Nurses in the UK carry out 180 wound dressing changes a year on each patient with a chronic wound, a survey has indicated. It also suggested that chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and venous leg ulcers, take more than eight months to heal for the average patient. Despite advancements in wound care, patients report dressings are changed on average five times a week, according to the survey of more than 200 people living with chronic wounds. Read More

  • August 14, 2018

    Complimentary Clinical Education Webcast: "Stressing the Dressing: Reducing Vascular Access Device Complications" Featuring, Russel Nassof, JD. Wednesday, August 22nd. Space is limited.

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    Advanced Wound Imaging - Going Beyond 2D Photographs

    An emerging trend in wound care management is the use of connected devices such as smartphones and tablets to simplify and streamline the documentation process. Photographs of wounds taken on these devices, complete with calculated wound dimensions, can be directly added to a patient's electronic health record via specialized software and apps. Read More

    Benefits of 3D Printed Models in Vascular Surgery for Planning, Training and Patient Education

    Recent studies have shown the advantages of 3D printing for simulation of vascular surgery includes significant reduction of procedural time, but the applications of producing life-sized 3D models can have important educational benefits beyond the operation planning stage.  Read More

    Material Could Offer ‘Smarter’ Wound Healing

    A new study takes a step toward the development of smarter skin grafts that facilitate healing while minimizing infection for chronic skin wounds. “Our group has expertise in developing new polymers and functional surface assemblies for biomedical applications,” says Svetlana Sukhishvili, professor and director of the soft matter facility at Texas A&M University. Read More

    The Medicine of the Future Against Infection and Inflammation?

    Researchers have mapped how the body's own peptides act to reduce infection and inflammation by deactivating the toxic substances formed in the process. The researchers believe their discovery could lead to new drugs against infection and inflammation, for example in wound healing. Read More

  • August 7, 2018

    Three-Minute Thesis: Healing Diabetic Wounds: A Team Approach

    “Every 20 seconds, a limb is amputated because of complications in the delayed healing of chronic diabetic wounds. Understanding the mechanisms behind this delayed healing is key to developing therapies to encourage better healing and prevent the needless loss of limbs to diabetes. This project explores the link between diabetic healing and the decreased presence of a specific cell type, the pericyte, and whether targeting pericytes represents a promising avenue for the treatment of diabetic wounds.”  Read More

    Striking a Balance Between Immunity and Inflammation

    Hookworms infect people mostly in countries where sanitation is poor and people often walk barefoot. Working on a mouse model, a research team has studied the secretion of the immune protein RELMalpha that is triggered in the body, following infection, to protect body tissue. When the researchers knocked out RELMalpha, the mice produced super-killer macrophages that attached to the hookworm in far greater numbers. These macrophages, however, provoked increased tissue damage and inflammation. Read More

    Here’s Why Wounds Heal Faster in the Mouth Than in Other Skin

    Mouth wounds heal faster than injuries to other parts of the skin, and now scientists are learning how the mouth performs its speedy repairs. Some master regulators of gene activity work overtime in the mouth to heal wounds without scarring, researchers report July 25 in Science Translational Medicine. Those regulators — proteins known as SOX2, PITX1, PITX2 and PAX9 — are active in skin cells called keratinocytes in the mouth, but not in skin cells from the arm.  Read More

    Oxygen Therapy: Calls for More Funding Amid Rising Use

    Meet the Tokoroa man who has installed a hyperbaric chamber at home to help his wife's recovery from a stroke. Ian Stewart is championing the use of a treatment involving pressurised oxygen by calling for better access and funding for an increased number of treatments. The treatment involves patients lying inside a pressurised chamber and breathing pure oxygen. In a pressurised environment your lungs can take in more oxygen than would be possible at normal air pressure, which then stimulates growth and healing. Read More