MidMichigan Medical Center to open wound clinic | Smith & Nephew wound spray fails to meet clinical trial goals | Research shows increased rates of nursing home infections
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October 15, 2014
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MidMichigan Medical Center to open wound clinic
MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland will open a wound care center offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy, advanced dressings and comprehensive care for chronic wounds and underlying conditions. Second Wave (Northwest Michigan College) (10/14)
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Smith & Nephew wound spray fails to meet clinical trial goals
An experimental spray for chronic venous leg ulcers failed to meet endpoints in a late-stage clinical trial. The product, known as HP802-247 and consisting of living cells, performed well in Phase II trials, and Smith & Nephew CEO Olivier Bohuon said researchers are looking into why the product did not perform as expected in the Phase III study. Reuters (10/13)
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Research shows increased rates of nursing home infections
Nursing home infection rates are increasing and better hygiene is needed, according to researchers from the Columbia University School of Nursing, who are to present the study at the infectious disease conference IDWeek 2014. The most common infections were urinary tract infections and pneumonia, but there was a 48% increase in viral hepatitis over five years and an 18% increase in bacterial infections resistant to multiple medications. HealthDay News (10/8)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Bandage shows oxygen concentration in wounds and burns
Scientists from the U.S., South Korea and Germany have developed a liquid bandage that glows red when a wound is oxygen-deprived and blue–green when the wound is oxygenated. The scientists are working on smartphone and Google Glass applications that use photos of the bandage-covered wound to map the oxygen. Chemistry World magazine online (10/10), CNET Australia (10/7)
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Wounds might need some free radicals to heal
Free radicals generated by mitochondria are necessary for skin wound healing, and increased levels of reactive oxygen species can speed the process, researchers working with laboratory roundworms found. Free radicals damage DNA, RNA and proteins, but too little ROS prevents wound healing in roundworms, study leader Andrew Chisholm said. The researchers suspect the findings apply to vertebrates and mammals. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (10/14)
Health Policy & Regulation
CMS announces changes to nursing home rating system
Beginning in January, nursing homes will be required to file quarterly staffing level reports using a system that can be checked using payroll data and will be subject to quality audits. Ratings will be based in part on bedsore and fall rates and the percentage of residents being given antipsychotic drugs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/6)
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