How to handle patients referred for DFU treatment | Biotech startup Stratatech to be bought by Mallinckrodt | Daily telephone check-ins improve home care in study
August 17, 2016
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How to handle patients referred for DFU treatment
Podiatrists must obtain previous medical records of patients referred for diabetic foot ulcers and must take their own detailed wound history and thoroughly assess the wound with proper documentation and photographs, writes podiatrist David Swain. The podiatrist should also determine the most likely etiology, evaluate arterial blood flow, test for infection, order and evaluate relevant imaging, perform a biopsy if needed, order basic blood work and consult with other specialists as needed, Swain writes.
Podiatry Today magazine (8/2016) 
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Biotech startup Stratatech to be bought by Mallinckrodt
UK drugmaker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has reached a deal to acquire biotech startup Stratatech, which is developing a skinlike material to help burn victims grow their own skin. "We believe Stratatech's technology has the potential to transform the standard of treatment for wound care," said Mark Trudeau, president and CEO of Mallinckrodt.
Xconomy (8/12) 
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Daily telephone check-ins improve home care in study
Home health care providers who answered a short telephone questionnaire at the end of each shift detected changes in their patients' clinical conditions and in some cases averted hospital admission, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Caregivers most frequently detected changes in behavior and skin condition and in one case enabled prompt treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer.
Nursing Times (U.K.) (free registration) (8/15) 
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Adding basic FGF to artificial dermis may improve skin-graft bed
Applying artificial dermis and basic fibroblast growth factor after debridement appeared to improve skin hardness after skin grafts in an 11-subject study published in the journal Wounds. The researchers debrided and applied artificial dermis to skin defects from burn ulcers or traumatic ulcers, then applied basic FGF to half of each wound. The combination sides had better capillary angiogenesis than the monotherapy side, more robust capillary walls, higher fibroblast proliferation and activation and less hardness after the graft.
Medscape (free registration)/Wounds (8/12) 
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Experimental hydrogel gradually dissolves as wounds heal
Scientists at Bangor University in Wales are working on a hydrogel for chronic diabetic foot ulcers that gradually degrades in place instead of having to be changed. The biocompatible gel could be formulated to include drugs and nutrients to speed wound healing, researcher Dr. Hongyun Tai said.
BBC (8/15) 
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Health Policy & Regulation
FDA improves online Orange Book
An improved web-based version of the FDA's Orange Book, a list of drugs approved on the basis of safety and effectiveness, was launched Monday. The website's design was updated and additional user-friendly search options were added.
Regulatory Focus (8/15) 
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