Wis. clinic expands, adds wound care capabilities | Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps heal radiation burns | Company develops nitric acid-based wound healing device
January 21, 2015
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Wis. clinic expands, adds wound care capabilities
Health care providers and staff recently celebrated the opening of new clinic space at Reedsburg Area Medical Center in Wisconsin. The expansion increased the Specialty Group's clinic to nearly 4,000 square feet, and a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon, physician's assistant specializing in dermatology and a physician's assistant specializing in wound care joined the two general surgeons already on staff. WiscNews.com/Times-Press (Reedsburg, Wis.) (1/17)
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps heal radiation burns
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is useful not only for healing diabetic foot ulcers and other chronic wounds but also for healing radiation burns from cancer treatments. Doctors at Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County, Wis., used HBOT to heal damage to a patient's urethra following radiation seed treatment for prostate cancer. "The oxygen is able to get to areas where oxygen normally can't get to [and] promotes healing, increases the effect of antibiotics, kills bacteria and helps control infection, helps form new blood vessels, helps control post-surgery edema or swelling," said Asif Tahir, a doctor at Aurora's wound clinic who is board certified in HBOT. Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (1/15)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Company develops nitric acid-based wound healing device
Wisconsin-based NitricGen is developing a device that generates nitric oxide from ambient air and administers a controlled dose of gaseous nitric oxide to wounds. The device, which is about the size of a shoebox, is expected to be less expensive and can heal chronic diabetic foot ulcers after three weeks of daily two-minute treatments. Company officials aim for FDA approval by March 2018. WisBusiness.com (Wisconsin) (1/14)
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Study links bacteria with cancer risk in chronic wounds
Chronically inflamed skin might be more susceptible to cancer because of the interaction between a receptor on the surface of white blood cells, called toll-like receptor 5, and flagellin, a protein on flagellated bacteria, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications. Researchers found that when TLR5 detects flagellin, it increases HMGB1 protein levels, potentially encouraging the growth of cancerous tumors. Antibiotics that target the bacteria might reduce the malignancy risk in wounds, lead researcher Fiona Watt said. Gizmag (1/15)
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Patent issued for antimicrobial metal ion technology
Silver Bullet Therapeutics has been granted a patent covering the release of antimicrobial metal ions to stop infection. The company is developing medical devices and antimicrobial implants to address hospital-acquired and surgical-site infections. A microbial infection-reducing cannulated bone screw is the company's first device. BeckersSpine.com (1/15)
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Health Policy & Regulation
MedPAC supports site-neutral reimbursement for some post-acute care
MedPAC will recommend to Congress that certain post-acute care services be reimbursed at the same rate regardless of whether they are delivered at a skilled nursing facility or an inpatient rehabilitation facility. MedPAC said the change should be phased in over three years and would save Medicare from $1 billion to $5 billion over five years. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (1/16)
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