Cleveland Clinic opens wound care center in Medina, Ohio | Wound Care Center opens in Las Cruces, N.M. | Study supports use of antibiotics for skin disease
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November 19, 2014
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Cleveland Clinic opens wound care center in Medina, Ohio
The new Wound Healing Center at Cleveland Clinic's Medina Hospital is housed in what was once a records room with a pad added to house a hyperbaric oxygen therapy unit. Clinic and community-based doctors work with plastic surgeons, podiatrists, vascular surgeons, general surgeons, physical therapists, nutritionists and other specialists to treat difficult wounds. The center will serve as a demonstration site, and Cleveland Clinic might expand the model to other locations, hospital CEO Vicky Snyder said. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/12)
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Wound Care Center opens in Las Cruces, N.M.
Memorial Medical Center's new Wound Care Center offers state-of-the-art technology, including two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Clinic staff take a multidisciplinary approach, calling on vascular and general surgeons and podiatrists as needed, to focus on getting wounds to heal, clinical nurse manager Dawnell Gibbons said. KFOX-TV (El Paso, Texas) (11/16)
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Study supports use of antibiotics for skin disease
Study data showed many hidradenitis suppurativa skin disease cultures showed bacterial species that could lead to abscesses and severe infections, French researchers reported in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. The researchers said the data do not show a causal association but do support the use of antibiotic therapy. Medscape (free registration) (11/14)
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Other News
Research, Technology & Innovation
Scientists work on wound dressings that extract specific bacteria
Experimental nanofiber mesh bandages might be able to extract bacteria from wounds and speed up healing, scientists reported at the American Vacuum Society annual meeting. Mesh with nanofibers of the same diameter as Staphylococcus aureus attracted the bacterium in laboratory tests. The scientists hope the research will lead to developing wound dressings that prevent infections. blog (11/12)
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Study finds no evidence supporting hyperbaric oxygen therapy for concussion
Service members with chronic post-concussive symptoms saw the same improvements in their symptoms whether they were treated with a series of 40 hyperbaric oxygen treatments or with slightly pressurized air in a chamber, researchers report in JAMA Internal Medicine. The improvement in symptoms could be because of engaging in a "ritual experience" with daily social interactions with technicians, nurses and other participants, the researchers said. Military Times (11/17)
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS issues reimbursement policy for skin substitutes
The CMS finalized a proposal to classify skin substitutes as surgical supplies and assign them to either a high-cost or low-cost reimbursement group using weighted average mean unit cost instead of average sales price, and set the threshold at $27 per square centimeter. New skin substitutes that are demonstrably better than current wound treatments can qualify to receive pass-through payments. Mondaq (free registration) (11/18)
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