Rocky Mountain spotted fever costs Okla. woman her limbs | Work continues on Mass. wound care center | Study: Bovine-derived collagen dressing helps heal deep scalp wounds
 
August 19, 2015
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Rocky Mountain spotted fever costs Okla. woman her limbs
All four of a 40-year-old woman's limbs were amputated -- her arms at the elbows and her legs at the knees -- after she was infected with the Rickettsia rickettsi bacterium through a tick bite. Doctors amputated he limbs to keep the disease from spreading to her organs. CNN (8/14), Tech Times (8/17)
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Work continues on Mass. wound care center
Holyoke Medical Center's Wound Care Center received two hyperbaric oxygen chambers last week, ahead of a scheduled opening in the fall. Wound care therapies including negative pressure, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics will be offered. MassLive.com (8/13)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Study: Bovine-derived collagen dressing helps heal deep scalp wounds
A bovine-derived collagen xenograft improved secondary-intention healing of postoperative scalp wounds involving an exposed skullcap in an 11-patient study. Morbidity with bovine-derived collagen xenograft was superior to local flap, graft and free flap repairs at a lower cost, the researchers said. Application of the xenograft was simple and covered the wound immediately. Healio (free registration) (8/18)
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Portable oxygen device might help prevent amputations
A small device that delivers a continuous flow of pure oxygen to chronic wounds and pressure ulcers may help prevent amputations, the device's manufacturer says. The device is in use at veterans' hospitals, but Medicare coverage has not been approved. WPLG-TV (Miami) (8/12)
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An overview of current research on wound culturing
Studies differ on whether swab cultures are sufficient or deep tissue cultures are necessary to evaluate diabetic foot wounds, podiatrists Guy Pupp and Daniel Black write. They review current research on the cultures and make the case for faster evaluation of wound infections. Polymerase chain reaction and oligonucleotide assays are among the new rapid diagnostic methods that will eventually help wound care specialists eliminate ambiguity and identify and eradicate complex pathogens in wounds, they write. Podiatry Today magazine (8/2015)
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS delays enforcement of 2-midnight rule
The CMS said it will delay until the beginning of next year enforcement of the two-midnight rule that determines when a patient's hospital stay is classified as outpatient or inpatient. Critics have said the benchmark in the rule is too strict. Healthcare Finance News (8/13)
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