Ohio wound care centers strive to treat growing number of patients | How to diagnose and treat calciphylaxis | Multiple surgeries save necrotizing fasciitis patient
April 15, 2015
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Ohio wound care centers strive to treat growing number of patients
Fort Hamilton Hospital operates two wound care centers in the Hamilton, Ohio, area, and Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital operates a third area clinic. Atrium Medical Center also plans to open a wound care center in Middletown. The growth mirrors a national trend in demand for specialized wound care as more Americans become aware of the service and as diabetes rates continue to climb, health care providers say. The Journal-News (Hamilton, Ohio) (free registration) (4/12)
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How to diagnose and treat calciphylaxis
Calciphylaxis, or calcific uremic arteriolopathy, usually starts as tender, violaceous plaques and nodules and progresses to painful, linear necrotic ulcerations that follow the underlying vessels. Patients with kidney failure or liver disease and those who use corticosteroids, are obese and female are at highest risk for calciphylaxis. Multimodal treatment including debridement and broad-spectrum topical wound care should be initiated, according to this article. Medscape (free registration)/ePlasty (4/14)
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Multiple surgeries save necrotizing fasciitis patient
A Georgia woman has recovered from a necrotizing fasciitis infection that nearly claimed her right arm last September. Medical staff at Northeast Georgia Medical Center induced a six-day coma, performed five surgeries to remove the affected muscle and tissue, and later performed a muscle graft and two skin grafts. The woman has regained manual dexterity and mobility in the arm. The Times (Gainesville, Ga.) (4/10)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Medical school to pilot diabetes monitoring tool
The University of Massachusetts Medical School will pilot a diabetes management application called Sugar that can be used for Android devices. The app was designed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to help people with diabetes track the healing status of chronic foot ulcers and monitor blood glucose levels and weight. Thirty patients who are being treated at the facility for foot ulcers will participate. MobiHealthNews.com (4/13)
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Directional atherectomy tool from Medtronic debuts in U.S.
The HawkOne, a directional atherectomy device developed to address extremely calcified lesions in blood vessels of the lower extremities, is being launched by Medtronic. The company obtained the device in its recent acquisition of Covidien. MassDevice.com (Boston) (4/9)
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS proposes 90-day MU attestation period for 2 years
The CMS has proposed a rule that would shorten the attestation period for Medicaid and Medicare EHR meaningful use to 90 days instead of one year. According to the agency's proposal, the 90-day period will be applicable to all MU participants in 2015, while the shortened period will apply only to new participants in 2016. A yearlong EHR reporting period will apply to all providers beginning 2017, under the proposed rule. BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/10)
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