Expert: Wound care is high stakes | Poor sanitation at nail salons may lead to infections | Hyperbaric chambers for civilian use coming to Guam
July 22, 2015
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Expert: Wound care is high stakes
Wound care often flies under the radar for most people, until they're faced with a wound that won't heal, says James Calder, director of S.O.A.R. at Wound Care Advantage. Education and awareness is a vital first step to avoiding delayed care and poor outcomes, he writes. (7/17)
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Poor sanitation at nail salons may lead to infections
Some nail salons do not practice proper sanitization, which can lead to dangerous infections, particularly for people with compromised immune systems. Experts say there are too few inspectors for the many nail salons, and that patrons should always ask about disinfection procedures. WSB-TV (Atlanta) (7/20)
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Hyperbaric chambers for civilian use coming to Guam
The availability of hyperbaric oxygen chambers on Guam will decrease the number of diabetes-related amputations, says Guam Regional Medical City wound care specialist Dr. Edna Acuna. The chambers will be ready for patient use next month. The Pacific Daily News (Guam) (7/19)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Trial begins for wound dressing
Enrollment has begun for a clinical trial of St. Teresa Medical's Surgiclot, a wound dressing designed to reduce blood loss. The 40-patient trial is intended to support an application for CE mark certification. FDAnews (7/16)
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Health Policy & Regulation
Medicare agency publishes first home health quality ratings
Star ratings for home health agencies have been released by the CMS on the Home Health Compare website. The ratings are based on patient assessments and Medicare claims data for nine measures of care quality. The site will be updated every three months. Health Data Management (7/17)
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House bill calls for dual coding in first 6 months of ICD-10
A bill proposed in the House of Representatives calls for use of ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes for the first six months after the ICD-10 transition date, Oct. 1. The Code-FLEX Act also calls for HHS to update Congress on how patients, providers and other stakeholders have been affected 90 days after the transition. Healthcare Informatics online (7/14)
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Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure."
-- Confucius,
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