Diagnosing and treating nodular melanoma | Amniotic membrane dressings gaining wider recognition | Essentia brings wound care specialist to northern Minn.
 
February 3, 2016
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Diagnosing and treating nodular melanoma
Nodular melanoma should be suspected in patients who present with a uniformly dark-colored, cutaneous nodule with ulceration, writes podiatrist Joseph Vella, who describes the case of a patient whose growing hemorrhagic mass on the right foot turned out to be nodular melanoma. A biopsy should be performed to confirm suspicions, Vella writes. Treatment discussions should include palliative measures in consultation with a multidisciplinary team, he writes. Podiatry Today magazine online (1/26)
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Amniotic membrane dressings gaining wider recognition
Dressings made from human amniotic membrane encourage healing in wounds that have been unresponsive to other treatments, according to an article in the British Medical Bulletin. The network of proteins in the membrane encourage healing, says King's College London professor Dusko Ilic, who led the study. Amniotic membrane dressings can also be used to heal burns and epidermolysis bullosa, Ilic said. LiveScience.com (2/2)
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Essentia brings wound care specialist to northern Minn.
Essentia Health-International Falls Clinic in Minnesota is now offering specialized wound care. Nurse practitioner Anna Dehler has worked at the clinic for two years and recently earned certification as a certified wound specialist. "I have always had an interest in wound care and wanted to obtain the wound care certification so that I could have more knowledge to help educate patients on how to care for their wounds and how to adjust their lifestyles to help prevent future wounds," Dehler said. The Journal (International Falls, Minn.) (2/2)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Seaweed-based gel allows room-temperature storage of stem cell-containing dressing
Scientists at Newcastle University have developed bandages impregnated with human stem cells encased in a seaweed-based alginate gel. The bandages can be stored at room temperature for up to three days and easily applied to wounds. E&T magazine online (2/1)
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"Smart" socks could compensate for loss of feeling with diabetic neuropathy
Scientists at Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center have developed SenseGO, a washable sock embedded with microfabricated sensors that monitor and detect pressure from incorrect posture, anatomical deformation or poorly fitting shoes. Pressure changes are registered as electrical signals and relayed to a smartphone app, which alerts the patient to the risk of developing a foot ulcer. The Times of Israel (1/28)
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Health Policy & Regulation
Quality improvement initiative helps shorten antibiotic courses for uSSTIs
A quality improvement program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center led to shorter antibiotic regimens for children admitted with uncomplicated skin and soft tissue infections, according to findings presented in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers held short sessions with resident and attending physicians, distributed lanyard cards showing information about optimal antibiotic duration and treatment, and shortened the default antibiotic duration to seven days in the electronic prescribing system. The percentage of children with uSSTIs discharged with an antibiotic prescription shorter than eight days rose from 23% before the intervention to 74% afterward. Healio (free registration) (1/27)
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