Ariz. wound center takes holistic approach to healing | Elderly U.K. woman dies after bruising her leg | Small negative-pressure device helps wounds heal
October 24, 2012
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Ariz. wound center takes holistic approach to healing
Health care providers at the Wound Center at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center take a holistic approach to wound healing, offering acupuncture, nutrition counseling, maggot debridement and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in addition to conventional wound treatments. "It's mind-body-spirit," said Dr. Kathleen Bishop. Casa Grande Valley Newspapers (Ariz.) (10/22)
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Elderly U.K. woman dies after bruising her leg
A 77-year-old woman died of sepsis after being treated for a bruise on her calf. Surgeons drained the hematoma and cleaned and dressed the wound but postponed a second surgery after the wound became infected because they were concerned it would be too risky. The patient had heart disease and hypertension and was taking blood thinners. Reading Post (U.K.) (10/22)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
Small negative-pressure device helps wounds heal
A palm-sized negative pressure wound therapy device provides mechanical stability to surgical sites, preventing infection and helping wounds to heal, says Dr. Jeffrey Rocco, a partner at Utah Orthopaedics. The PICO pump is portable and waterproof. KSTU-TV (Salt Lake City) (10/23)
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Pre-surgical nasal ointment helps prevent SSIs
Applying 5% povidone-iodine ointment to both nostrils in the two hours before surgery may be an alternative to a five-day pre-surgical course of mupirocin ointment to prevent Staphylococcus aureus and other deep surgical site infections, according to a study presented at IDWeek 2012. Researchers noted fewer adverse events and fewer patient reports of an "unpleasant" application in the povidone-iodine group compared with mupirocin group. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/22)
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Health Policy & Regulation
Medicare to cover more skilled care
The Obama administration agreed to end a policy requiring Medicare beneficiaries to show a likelihood of medical or functional improvement before Medicare would pay for skilled nursing and therapy services. Under the new policy, Medicare will pay for skilled care necessary to maintain the patient's condition or prevent deterioration. The policy change settles a class-action lawsuit. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/22)
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Agency to conduct provider call on ICD-10 transition
CMS will conduct a Medicare Fee-for-Service National Provider Call on Thursday to help health care practitioners and staff prepare for ICD-10 implementation. The call will educate medical professionals on transition points, implantation requirements, local and national coverage determination, and national implementation issues. (10/18)
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Not all those who wander are lost."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien,
British writer, poet, philologist and professor
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