Multidisciplinary Team Approach Needed for Limb Salvage and Treatment of Wounds

January 21, 2020
Vascular News

“When it comes to complicated wounds, it is important to acknowledge that we cannot do it alone,” argued David Davidson (Buffalo Medical Group, Buffalo, USA), before emphasizing that “we need a truly multidisciplinary limb preservation team” during his presentation on team approaches to wound care at the Desert Foot Conference (4–7 December 2019, Phoenix, USA).

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Addressing the silent crisis of venous leg ulcers and its impact on patients

January 9, 2020
Venous News

With the level of spending on wound care in the billions of pounds, both the financial and health-related impact of venous leg ulcers cannot be understated. Dan Carradice speaks to Venous News about the latest report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular and Venous Disease, which articulates the extent of this important issue, and what can be done to improve care in the UK.

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Pressure Ulcer Education 4: Selection and Use of Support Surfaces

December 14, 2019
Nursing Times

The use of support surfaces is one of the most common interventions for preventing pressure ulcers. These support surfaces can include mattresses, chairs, cushions, foot/heel protection and offloading. Nurses need to understand their impact on skin integrity, associated risk factors and how to select the correct equipment for a patient’s needs. This article discusses surface selection and use.

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How Will Collagen Help Healing Wounds?

December 13, 2019
Healthcare Tech Outlook

The increasing number of surgical site infections gives rise to the development of new surgical procedures in the U.S. Chronic wounds caused by diabetes do not heal quickly and often surface the wound with a wide range of bacteria in the form of biofilm. Biofilm bacteria are very tough to treat, and the antimicrobial resistance only stimulates the possibility of an infection in the wound.

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Mothers Donating Placenta for Wound Care

November 16, 2019

New mothers are donating their placentas to help patients with diabetic ulcers, severe burns and chronic wounds. Organ donor network Lifeline of Ohio has been working with a small number of Ohio hospitals, including Lima Memorial Health System and Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, to educate soon-to-be mothers about how their donated birth tissues can be used in wound care.

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Bioresorbable Scaffold Effectively Treats Below-the-Knee Lesions

November 14, 2019

A bioresorbable scaffold was shown to be safe and effective for treatment of below-the-knee lesions in two studies presented at VIVA 19. In the 5-year results of the ABSORB BTK trial of the bioresorbable scaffold (Absorb, Abbott), more than 90% of patients did not require revascularization, whereas in the 1-year results of the DISAPEAR registry, there were high rates of patency, wound healing and limb salvage.

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Kickstart Your Wound Care Specialist Training with PrepSmart

November 13, 2019

For nurses today, one of the biggest challenges to prepare for is caring for an increasing number of patients with chronic wounds, which can include diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and venous leg ulcers. In fact, an estimated 67 million people around the world are suffering with chronic wounds, making access to a wound care specialist of utmost importance to these patients.

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