App offers more accurate wound assessment | U.K. soccer stadium tragedy leads to improvements in burn care | Firm commercializes human-skin-based wound dressing
May 13, 2015
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App offers more accurate wound assessment
A new smartphone application enables caregivers to monitor skin ulcers and bedsores, providing more accurate information about the healing process. After the clinician takes a photo of the ulcer, an algorithm in the app calculates changes and the percentages of healing and dead tissue in the wound. "In a nutshell, we’re taking the guesswork out of wound care," said Kevin Keenahan, co-founder of one startup working with the technology. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/4)
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U.K. soccer stadium tragedy leads to improvements in burn care
Plastic surgeons from Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester joined Bradford plastic surgeon David Sharpe and the medical team at St. Luke's Hospital 30 years ago to treat some 200 people burned when a stand at the local soccer stadium caught fire. Afterward, Sharpe set up the Plastic Surgery Burns Research Unit at the local university to improve the treatment and healing process of burn patients. Among the groundbreaking research at the center, which still relies on public donations, is a recent study using hair follicles to speed burn wound healing. Yorkshire Post (England) (5/8)
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Firm commercializes human-skin-based wound dressing
Tissue Regenix is commercializing its DermaPure wound dressing in the U.S. The dressing is based on human donor skin from which DNA and cells have been removed. Medicare contractor Novitas recently approved the product for reimbursement in 11 states and Washington, D.C. The Press (York, England) (5/6)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Handheld device detects early-stage pressure ulcers
The SEM scanner, developed by Bruin Biometrics, prevented pressure ulcers in two National Health Service hospitals, saving them more than $78,000 per month during a four-month trial period. The scanner's readings are more accurate than subjective assessments by health care providers and can indicate which patients need treatment. European Pharmaceutical Review (U.K.) (5/6)
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Elastic stocking prototype can measure pressure forces on the foot
German scientists have developed a pressure-monitoring stocking containing 40 elastic sensors that measure pressure forces on the feet, helping reduce the risk of serious wounds that could lead to amputation. Unlike existing smart shoe inserts, the stocking provides information on the ankle, top of the foot and the sole. Researchers are working to make the control unit smaller and detachable. (5/11)
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS plans to expand hospital infection reporting requirements
The CMS said it intends to widen reporting of central line-associated bloodstream and catheter-associated urinary tract infections beyond hospital ICUs to medical and surgical units. The CDC's Dan Pollock, M.D., chief of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, said the new reporting may show hospitals have different levels of infection control for ICUs compared with other units. HealthLeaders Media (5/8)
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