Wound care centers help save limbs | Chronic wounds may worsen with winter weather | Wound care clinic opens in La.
February 25, 2015
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Wound care centers help save limbs
Wound care centers offer specialized care including state-of-the-art equipment, advanced dressings, special techniques and an interdisciplinary team approach that are not available in a typical doctor's office, write podiatrist Eric Espensen and third-year podiatric medical student Amy Wong. Most podiatrists have some training in wound care and can treat simple cases, but complex wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers require specialized care, they write. "[P]rompt intervention in patients with diabetic foot disorders may preserve limbs and restore function," they write. Podiatry Today magazine (2/2015)
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Chronic wounds may worsen with winter weather
Winter's cold, dry weather can worsen chronic wounds, says Sonja Dulick, program director at Gateway Regional Medical Center Wound & Hyperbaric Center in Edwardsville, Ill. Patients who are sick with a cold or flu might also experience impaired wound healing, as might people who have poor circulation because they are less active in the winter, Dulick says. Covering wounds with specialized dressings, taking weight off of wounds and treating patients with hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help, she says. Edwardsville Intelligencer (Ill.) (2/24)
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Wound care clinic opens in La.
Lake Area Medical Center in Lake Charles, La., has opened its wound care center to treat complicated wounds. "We have machines that can measure tissue oxygenation, [and] we're able to do studies on the legs regarding blood flow," said wound care specialist Dr. Gerald Mouton, who added that the facility has equipment and facilities to use modalities and treat wounds. The center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy. KVHP-TV (Lake Charles, La.) (2/19)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Experimental plaster uses lights to speed wound healing
A company in Wales is developing a photonic wound dressing that uses blue and red lights to accelerate healing and can monitor wounds during treatment. South Wales Argus (U.K.) (2/18)
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Study: Engineered nanoparticles might interfere with wound healing
Products containing engineered nanoparticles might impede wound healing, according to a study published in the journal Nanomedicine. The researchers present an in vitro assay that can be used to assess the impact of ENPs on cell migration and wound healing. Medscape (free registration) (2/24)
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Health Policy & Regulation
FDA proposes adverse-event reporting guidance for cellular, tissue products
The FDA has released new draft guidelines describing the kinds of adverse events related to the use of human cells, tissues and cellular and tissue-based products that should be reported to the FDA, and how establishments should report the events. The report should be filed by the establishment that makes HCT/Ps available for distribution, and it should be done within 15 days of discovering the event, the agency said. Regulatory Focus (2/19)
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