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  • 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

  • October 10, 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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    Future of Healing: New, Smart Bandage will be Tailored for a Specific Wound

    Scientists have developed a smart bandage that can precisely control the dose and delivery schedule of the medication tailored for a specific type of wound, leading to faster healing. The bandage, developed by researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, consists of electrically conductive fibers coated in a gel. The gel can be individually loaded with infection- fighting antibiotics, tissue-regenerating growth factors, painkillers or other medications, researchers said. Read More

    Using a Smart Socket to Improve Outcomes for Patients with Amputations

    One of the challenges amputees face when obtaining a prosthetic is finding a socket that fits just right. Residual limbs may swell or shrink throughout the day and based on health conditions, requiring the need for adjustments in socket "fit." This may involve a suction device, called vacuum-suspension technology, in the socket. These can be adjustable, to help better allow for fluctuation in limb volume. One such device is the SmartPuck, an "intelligent" socket vacuum option for lower limb sockets. Read More

    Patients with Concurrent Arterial, Venous Disease Challenging to Manage

    Patients with venous leg ulceration often also have peripheral artery disease and, in these cases, aggressive treatment with a focus on wound care is often warranted, according to an expert at VIVA 16. The goals for patients with venous leg ulceration and PAD are to heal the venous leg ulcer, increase the rate of healing and prevent recurrence, while containing costs and improving the patient's quality of life. The prevalence of patients with venous leg ulceration and PAD is unknown, but some studies have estimated that approximately one-third of patients with venous disease also have PAD. Read More

    Molecule Discovery Could Help Treat Diabetic Foot Ulcer

    Researchers have made a discovery involving a molecule which they say could help treat diabetic foot ulcers. The formation of new blood vessels is critical during the body's response to the tissue damage that occurs in foot ulcers, and researchers have strived to understand how a particular molecule, deoxyribose-1-phosphate, works during the process. Now, they have unlocked insights into the molecule and its role within the tissue regenerative process, and the findings could be of significance for people with diabetes. Read More

  • October 3, 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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    How Staph Cells Evade the Body's Immune System

    For years, medical investigators have tried and failed to develop vaccines for a type of staph bacteria associated with the deadly superbug MRSA. But a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators shows how staph cells evade the body's immune system, offering a clearer picture of how a successful vaccine would work. Staph frequently causes skin infections but occasionally can lead to deadly conditions such as sepsis, pneumonia and bloodstream infections, particularly in hospitalized patients whose immune systems could be weakened by illness. Read More

    Wound Care: Patch Could Improve Healing and Reduce Scarring

    Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new gel patch prototype that could speed up the healing of a skin wound while minimising the formation of scars. The team unveiled the patch today as a proof-of-concept. When fully developed, this healing patch could be a boon for diabetic patients, who suffer from hard-to-heal skin lesions and for patients undergoing surgery. The new patch is unlike other single-purpose patches in the market, which either reduce the scarring or improve healing, but not both. Read More

    Venous Ulcers: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

    Our veins have valves that carry deoxygenated blood from all over the body toward the heart. In case of veinous insufficiency, valves of the leg veins get damaged, which makes for backward flow of blood in the legs. The rise of blood in the legs increases the blood pressure, and thus nutrients and gases are not absorbed by the tissues. Cells in the legs start dying, leading to wound formation. The following things can increase a patient's chances of getting these ulcers.  Read More

    Fibrocell Reports Interim Results of Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of FCX-007 Gene Therapy for Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

    Fibrocell Science, Inc., a gene therapy company focused on transformational autologous cell-based therapies for skin and connective tissue diseases, today reported interim results in its Phase 1/2 clinical trial of FCX-007 for the treatment of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB). Three adult non-collagenous (NC)1+ patients have been dosed with a single intradermal injection session of FCX-007 in the margins of and across targeted wounds, as well as in separate intact skin sites. Five wounds were treated on the three subjects, ranging in size from 4.4cm2 to 13.1cm2. Read More