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  • October 2, 2018

    Hospital Privacy Curtains Harbor Infectious Bacteria

    Patient privacy curtains in hospitals became increasingly contaminated with pathogens and most tested positive for MRSA after 21 days of being hung, according to findings published in the American Journal of Infection Control. "Since hospital patient privacy curtains can harbor bacteria, are high-touch surfaces and are cleaned infrequently, they may be involved in pathogen transmission,” Kevin Shek, BSc, from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and colleagues wrote. Read More

    Atherectomy Successful in PAD; Patency Rates Similar Among Device Types

    Patients with occlusive lower extremity peripheral artery disease treated with atherectomy devices had over 96% procedural success, according to data presented at TCT 2018. When the researchers compared results by atherectomy device type, excisional atherectomy was associated with higher rates of vessel dissection and perforation and lower amputation rates compared with laser or orbital atherectomy, although long-term vessel patency was similar in all groups. Read More

    Three Factors that Predict Life-Threatening Respiratory Disease in Burn Patients

    For the first time, researchers have devised a model to predict burn patients who are most likely to develop life-threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The prediction model includes three factors: the extent of the patient's inhalation injury, the percentage of the patient's body that was burned and whether the patient had high levels of a blood clotting protein called von Willebrand factor. Read More

    Use of Continuing Education to Increase Nurses' Knowledge of Chronic Wound Care Management

    Providing effective management of chronic wounds can be a major challenge for nurses practicing in health care systems. As the older adult population continues to increase, the prevalence of chronic health-related diseases that can lead to chronic wounds has also increased. Nurses have reported a lack of preparation in the management of chronic wounds. Read More

  • September 25, 2018

    Immediate Compression Offers 'Clear Benefit' Following Blood Clot

    Patients with deep vein thrombosis who underwent immediate compression therapy had significantly lower rates of residual vein obstruction and post-thrombotic syndrome than those who received no compression, according a multicenter prospective study. Read More

    Hospitals Could Reduce HAIs by up to 55%

    A large systematic review and meta-analysis showed that hospitals could reduce health care-associated infections, or HAIs, by 35% to 55% with systematic implementation of evidence-based infection prevention and control measures. Read More

    Height May be Risk Factor for Varicose Veins

    The taller you are, the more likely you are to develop varicose veins, according to a study led by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers that examined the genes of more than 400,000 people in search of clues to what causes this common but little understood condition.
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    Researchers Patent Technology for Smart Seat Cushion, Adaptable Prosthetics

    Researchers have patented a smart seat cushion that uses changes in air pressure to redistribute body weight and help prevent the painful ulcers caused by sitting for long periods of time in a wheelchair. The same technology can be used to create prosthetic liners that adapt their shape to accommodate changes in body volume. Read More

  • 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