Ariz. medical center adds maggots to its wound care arsenal | Multi-pronged treatment prevents amputation | Pittsburgh-area hospital opens wound care center
November 7, 2012
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Ariz. medical center adds maggots to its wound care arsenal
Wound care specialists at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center are using medical maggots to debride deep wounds. The therapy is safe and less expensive than surgery, doctors at the hospital said. One patient said the larvae alleviated itching in her leg wound. KNXV-TV (Phoenix) (10/31)
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Multi-pronged treatment prevents amputation
Doctors at Methodist Medical Center Wound Treatment Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn., used a cell-based skin substitute and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to heal a diabetic man's foot wound that had nearly turned gangrene before he sought treatment. The treatment averted the need for amputation, and the patient said he learned more about how to manage his diabetes. The Oak Ridger (Tenn.) (11/5)
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Pittsburgh-area hospital opens wound care center
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center opened a new wound care center in McKeesport, Pa., with the goal of providing better access to treatment and reducing patients' risk of amputation, says program director Arthur Fine. Specialists at the center offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bioengineered tissues, and medical and surgical interventions. The wound care team includes general surgeons, podiatrists, a plastic surgeon and a vascular surgeon. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (10/31)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Study compares fabrics' effect on pressure ulcers
Bed linens and patient gowns made of a silk-like synthetic fabric may prevent pressure ulcers better than linens and gowns made of conventional cotton blends, according to studies of at-risk patients in a renal care and a surgical intensive care unit. Ostomy Wound Management online (11/4)
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Discovery of epidermal stem cell population may aid wound care
Belgian researchers found two distinct epidermal cell populations that play a role in tissue repair. Fast-cycling progenitor cells are responsible for day-to-day maintenance of skin, while a slower-cycling stem cell population has better long-term survival potential. The findings could lead to better treatments for wounds, researchers said. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (11/1)
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Health Policy & Regulation
CMS finalizes Medicaid rates for primary care docs
All primary care doctors in the fields of family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatric medicine who are serving Medicaid patients will be paid at a rate equivalent to what Medicare offers over the next two years, effective Jan. 1, the CMS said. The final rule did not include payment increases for obstetricians, gynecologists and emergency medicine doctors. (11/2)
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