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  • 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

  • November 14, 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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    Topical Valsartan Speeds up Healing in Chronic Wounds

    A topical gel formulated from a medication commonly used for hypertension accelerated and improved healing when applied to chronic wounds in mice and pigs, researchers reported in a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. If validated in human clinical trials, the treatment could be used for diabetic foot ulcers, an increasing and costly health care problem. Read More

    Here's Why Daytime Wounds Heal Faster Than Night-time Ones

    Your internal body clock is the reason why wounds heal faster if an injury occurs during the day rather than at night, new research suggests. Experiments with skin cells and other cells in mice showed that daytime wounds healed about twice as fast as night-time wounds. Read More

    True Impact of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    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

    Feed the Patient and Starve the Wound

    In the global context of health, good nutrition naturally has long been one of the most powerful weapons against disease. Until recently, however, its precise biochemical connection with wound healing hasn't achieved the level of awareness that experts such as the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel would like to see.  Read More

  • November 7, 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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    Sticky When Wet: Strong Adhesive for Wound Healing

    Many of the adhesive products used today are toxic to cells, inflexible when they dry, and do not bind strongly to biological tissue. A team of researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has created a super-strong "tough adhesive" that is biocompatible and binds to tissues with a strength comparable to the body's own resilient cartilage, even when they're wet. Read More

    Critical Limb Ischemia Deficiency Treatment, Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Therapeutics Development

    Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It is caused by chronic inflammatory processes associated with atherosclerosis that result in reduced blood flow to the legs, feet and hands. Symptoms include pain or numbness in feet or toes, sores, skin infections will not heal. Treatment goals for CLI include reducing the number of cardiovascular risk factors (such as quitting smoking and reduction of cholesterol), relieving pain, healing ulcers, preventing major amputation, improving quality of life and increasing survival. Read More

    Blood Pressure Drug in a Gel Heals Wounds Faster

    A topical gel made from a common type of blood pressure pill may offer a way to speed up healing of chronic skin wounds. The findings in a study with mice and pigs may lead to use of the gel on treatment-resistant skin wounds among diabetics and others, particularly older adults. The FDA has not issued any new drug approval for wound healing in the past 10 years. Read More

    Vitamin D May Improve Wound Healing in Burns Patients

    For some people, their burn injuries take a long time to heal, as well as there also being a risk of infection. Those with severe burns are particularly vulnerable to sepsis, which is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by infection. There is increasing evidence that vitamin D has antibacterial properties and can fight infection. Read More

  • November 1, 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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    Surgical Checklist can Help Prevent Life-Threatening Infections in Low Resource Settings

    Surgical site infections are an incredible cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in low resource settings, where you can have up to five times the amount of surgical infections after an operation. We already know basic infection prevention practices that can reduce risk, wherever you are in the world, if you use them effectively. So for Lifebox, this research wasn't aiming to reinvent infection prevention, it was about understanding how to implement existing best practices. The goal of this program was to develop a scalable program where we could improve basic infection prevention strategies. Read More

    High-Tech Wellness: Cryotherapy & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

    Cryotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are two cutting-edge advanced technology treatments going beyond fad status and gaining popularity for everyone from elite athletes, Olympians, brides-to-be and weekend warriors to those needing postoperative care. Read More

    Stem Cell Research Could Improve Treatment Options for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    Glasgow scientists have reprogrammed human cells using leftover skin tissue from surgery to replicate wounds from diabetic foot ulcers. The work is part of a three-year project which researchers hope could lead to the development of new treatments for diabetic foot ulcers which do not need to be tested on animals. Read More

  • October 24, 2017

    Now Available On-Demand - Online Clinical Education: Learn how improving vascular access dressing disruption can help reduce the risk of Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections (CRBSI)

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    New Method for Tissue Regeneration, Inspired by Nature

    Scientists have found a way of mimicking our body's natural healing process, using cell derived nano-sized particles called vesicles, to repair damaged tissue. The research team, led by the University of Birmingham, believe that the findings mark the first step in a new direction for tissue regeneration with the potential to help repair bone, teeth and cartilage. Read More

    FDA Approves New Clinical Trial Using Stem Cells to Treat Non-Healing Wounds

    Using stem cells to heal wounds is not a new concept, but up until recently testing has been largely experimental. Stem cells have been tested for skin tissue engineering and wound healing, regenerative wound healing, and at Sanford Health as a treatment for shoulder injuries. The FDA has approved the institution's second-ever adipose-derived stem cell clinical trial which is designed to treat non-healing leg ulcers. The trial began back in September of this year. Read More

    Foot Care Services Key to Reducing Diabetes Amputations, say Devon Researchers

    Improving the provision of foot care services available to diabetes patients is "key" to cutting amputations, and potentially ulcers as well, according to UK researchers. They found the gradual introduction of 10 foot care services for diabetes patients was accompanied by a "sustained" regional reduction in major diabetes-related amputation incidence. Read More

  • October 17, 2017

    Online Clinical Education: Are you doing all you can to ensure a Culture of Safety within your organization?  Learn how improving vascular access dressing disruption can help reduce the risk of Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections (CRBSI)

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    New Minimally Invasive Treatments for Varicose Veins

    Bulging varicose veins are not only unsightly; they can also be very painful. Today, thanks to new technology, several minimally or noninvasive treatment options are available to treat varicose veins and provide symptom relief. These procedures are as effective as surgical options such as vein stripping, but with a much shorter recovery period, enabling patients to quickly resume their daily activities. Read More

    Analyzing Self-Repairing Tendency of Flax Plants for Developing Innovative Materials

    Researchers from EPFL's Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites (LPAC) have investigated how the self-repair nature of the flax plant heals upon being damaged. They evaluated alterations in the mechanical properties of the plant (e.g. damping and stiffness) and investigated the self-healing mechanisms of the plant. Read More

    Palliative Wound Care: A New Frontier

    Those of us who care for patients with pressure ulcers know that some wounds will not heal, and cure is an unrealistic goal. Pressure ulcers can also herald the terminal stage of illness. As the number of people living with chronic illness soars, it is increasingly recognized that there are limited benefits of curative treatment. This is where palliative care offers an alternative to aggressive wound healing interventions by changing to the focus to wound stabilization, symptom management and patient well-being. Read More

    This Student has Invented a new Wound Care Technology

    This year, Karthikeyan, a student in UVA's School of Engineering and Applied Science, will present his invention, Phoenix-Aid - a new type of five-layered wound care technology set to revolutionize how chronic wounds are treated in developing countries and impoverished areas around the world. He knew he wanted to create and market his own invention, and became interested in wound care technologies after the death of a coworker the summer before he came to UV. Read More