Drugs may aid or impede wound healing | Wash. clinic offers range of wound healing options | Delayed flap closure poses danger to patients with infected sternal wounds
April 26, 2017
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Drugs may aid or impede wound healing
A reference work in the journal Ostomy Wound Management details which pharmacological agents tend to promote wound healing and which can have negative effects. Anticoagulants and antimicrobials, for example, can retard healing, as can long-term use of steroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; hemorrheologic agents, prostaglandins and certain natural topical products can assist wound repair.
Pharmacy Times online (4/25) 
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Wash. clinic offers range of wound healing options
The Wound Health Center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Wash., provides treatment for diabetic ulcers and other persistent wounds using antibacterial measures and, if necessary, one of the center's two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. The center has a healing rate greater than 90%, said program director Christopher Nichols.
The Bellingham Herald (Wash.) (4/25) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Delayed flap closure poses danger to patients with infected sternal wounds
Delaying flap closure by four or more days after diagnosis in patients with deep sternal wound infection was associated with both the need for additional procedures and higher mortality risk in a retrospective study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Healio (free registration)/Aesthetics (4/20) 
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Portable nanofiber spinning could protect wounds
Harvard scientists are testing a hand-held device that can produce nanofibers of polymer and proteins that could serve as point-of-use sterile wound dressings. A fabrication technique called pull spinning could be used to direct muscle tissue growth on bioscaffolds.
Healthcare Packaging online (4/21) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
Bill seeks to define palliative care exception in opioid law
A bill in the Maine Legislature seeks clarification of a state law restricting prescriptions for opioid medications due to language defining exceptions related to palliative care. Rep. Geoffrey Gratwick said the state position is that chronic pain patients are included in the palliative care exception, but the definition of the term is not clear and many physicians associate it with end-of-life care.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (4/25) 
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