Some spider bites need special treatment | BioTime lands FDA clearance for wound healing gel | Wireless tech helps Calif. provider cut bedsores among patients
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August 20, 2014
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Some spider bites need special treatment
The toxin in a brown recluse spider's bite can damage tissue and, while some bites heal on their own, others require special treatment, says Linda Clavin, a nurse at Cox Branson Wound Care in Missouri. Brown recluse bites may require specialized dressings, debridement or skin grafts, Clavin says. KSMU-FM (Springfield, Mo.) (8/11)
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BioTime lands FDA clearance for wound healing gel
BioTime has been cleared by the FDA to market its Premvia HyStem hydrogel, designed to promote wound healing by cross-linking hyaluronic acid and collagen. The substance is intended for use in the management of second-degree burns, diabetic ulcers and other types of wounds. FDAnews (8/15)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Wireless tech helps Calif. provider cut bedsores among patients
El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., is using a Leaf Patient Monitoring platform to track the movement and position of patients at risk of bedsores. The provider found the wireless technology was linked to an increase in compliance with patient-turning protocols to 98% from 64%. Healthcare IT News (8/11)
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Researchers ID vascular proteins potentially critical to wound healing
When signaling from endothelial cell fibroblast growth factor receptors FGFR1 and FGFR2 was turned off in mice, wounds healed more slowly and the density of blood vessels surrounding wound sites was decreased, though the mice appeared to be in otherwise good health and lived to normal ages, researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings suggest that manipulating FGF signaling in the body could increase blood vessel growth and improve wound healing, especially in people with difficult-to-heal wounds, the researchers said. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (8/19)
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS puts Open Payments portal back online
The Sunshine Act's Open Payments system is back online after a temporary suspension, again allowing health care providers to register, as well as review and dispute data on financial interactions submitted by drug and device makers and by group purchasing organizations. The CMS took the system offline Aug. 3 to investigate errors. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Pharmalot blog (8/14)
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CMS offers practice guidance on transition to ICD-10
The CMS has released the first of its "Road to 10" webinar series designed to help small medical practices prepare for the new codes. The resource is available on the agency website. EHR Intelligence (8/15)
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