Houston-area wound care clinic opens | Treated bandages could quickly halt blood loss from wounds | Antimicrobial light therapy heals leg ulcers in study
October 31, 2012
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Houston-area wound care clinic opens
The recently opened wound care clinic at St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital features hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat hard-to-heal wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation, infections or radiation. Specialists will also provide wound debridement, skin substitutes and negative-pressure wound dressings to accelerate healing and reduce pain. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (10/24)
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Treated bandages could quickly halt blood loss from wounds
Researchers reported at a biomedical engineering meeting that they are exploring the use of a chemical called tetraethyl orthosilicate in developing bandages that could halt blood flow from wounds quicker than standard bandages. Experiments showed that fabrics treated with the chemical, which has properties similar to glass fiber, reduced the time needed for plasma to start clotting by 25% to 30%. PopularMechanics.com/PopMech Wire blog (10/25)
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Antimicrobial light therapy heals leg ulcers in study
Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy completely healed half of chronic leg ulcers treated after three months, compared with 12.5% of those in the placebo group, a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy significantly reduced bacterial loads in all wounds and caused no adverse reactions, researchers said. News-Medical.Net/Medwire News (10/26)
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Research, Technology & Innovation
U.K. firm develops silicon pad that prevents pressure ulcers
KerraPro, developed by U.K.-based Crawford Healthcare, is a silicon pad that prevents ulcers by dissipating pressure on a patient?s body, Crawford research and development director Christian Stephenson says. The pads come in various sizes and can be cleaned and reused on the same patient. Manchester Evening News (U.K.) (10/31)
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Nanotech film holds promise for wound care
An experimental dressing consisting of a hydrophilic layer and a hydrophobic layer and infused with silver nanoparticles might have application in wound healing, scientists say. "Imagine a medical dressing where the superhydrophobic surface on top protects the wound from dust and bacteria while the hydrophilic surface at the bottom delivers drugs that can accelerate wound healing or help avoid infections," co-developer Jian Ji said. Nanowerk (10/29)
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Health Policy & Regulation
Insurers, states work to find right formula for dual-eligibles
Insurers that cover patients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid are likely to employ tools to assess and monitor patients to try to keep them healthy, saving money in the long run, industry experts say. States are moving more so-called dual-eligibles into managed care programs, and the CMS is poised to approve demonstration projects covering up to 2 million people. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Dow Jones Newswires (10/26)
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