Wound Care

Pressure ulcer rates expected to grow; learn more at the Online Expo

Pressure ulcer rates expected to grow; learn more at the Online Expo

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There are approximately 2.5 million pressure ulcers treated in acute care yearly, according to the Joint Commission. By 2017, the number of pressure, venous and diabetic ulcers will increase to 60 million worldwide.

Ask the treatment expert ... about bariatric residents

Ask the treatment expert ... about bariatric residents

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Bariatric residents require special care related to pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, along with safe practices to prevent injury to both the resident and staff during caregiving activities.

Molecule found to prevent wound healing

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Researchers have identified a molecule that may explain why wound healing is impaired in people with diabetes. The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine investigators also offer a possible new target for therapies that could improve healing.

Smokers not informed of ways habit can affect wound healing

Smokers not informed of ways habit can affect wound healing

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Exposure to smoke from just one cigarette decreases blood flow to chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. A new study shows the habit's impact on healing is rarely discussed with patients.

Gentell expands to West Coast

Gentell Inc. has recently opened a West Coast sales office, with Arnie Anderson as its leader.

Gentell's Fastcare now includes QAPI reporting

Gentell Inc. has announced its Fastcare wound documentation and ordering now includes Quality Assurance Performance Improvement reporting capabilities.

Advanced wound product promotes healing

Advanced wound product promotes healing

A new solution may be an option for management of non-infected partial- and full-thickness wounds, including chronic and acute wounds such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, chronic vascular ulcers, tunnel/undermined wounds, surgical wounds (donor sites/graft, dehiscence), trauma wounds (abrasions, lacerations, second-degree burns, and skin tears), and draining wounds.

Smith & Nephew's wound dressing wins award

Smith & Nephew announced its advanced wound dressing, ALLEVYN Life, was awarded the Innovative Technology designation by Novation at its recent Innovative Technology Expo in Irving, TX.

 Nurse Rosie introduces two NPWT pumps

Nurse Rosie introduces two NPWT pumps

Nurse Rosie Products has introduced two Negative Pressure Wound Therapy pumps and Progressive Wound Care products.

New wound care product used to reduce inflammation

New wound care product used to reduce inflammation

BIOVANCE, an amniotic membrane allograft derived from a human placenta, is now available for those looking for a wound care product.

Diabetes growth to drive wound market

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A rise in diabetes and obesity will drive the increase in the wound care market over the next four years, a research group asserts.

NPWT may boost social life for wound care patients: report

NPWT may boost social life for wound care patients: report

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Negative pressure wound therapy may increase a patient's quality of life in the short-term, a study has found, although researchers acknowledge further investigation is needed.

Gentell acquires H&H Products

Gentell has bought H&H Products, a division of Tri-State Surgical Supplies, the company announced. H&H manufactures products under the H+H, Sterex Medical, and Gentle Plus brand names.

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Blame the nursing shortage on lack of teachers? ... Paint-on bandage could be a wound care game-changer ... Long hours, low wages increase workers' risk of diabetes nearly 30%

Total contact casting reduces foot amputations, study finds

Total contact casting reduces foot amputations, study finds

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Those who are treating diabetic foot ulcers should evaluate modern total contact casting techniques, according to a new analysis.

Stress helps wound care — at least if you're a mouse

Stress helps wound care — at least if you're a mouse

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Lost in all the recent hubbub about the Ebola virus, Justin Bieber going to anger management class and a guy eating a nursing home resident's pain patch, is breaking news from the exciting world of stress, mice, science and skin.

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound healing myths

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound healing myths

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Did your mom or grandmother ever tell you to leave a wound open so it could get air?

Wound care artistry

Wound care artistry

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As the science of wound care develops, long-term care clinicians are faced with myriad options — and some cost constraints — when it comes to treatments

Former resident with pressure ulcer sues retirement community for falsely advertising skilled nursing services

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A retirement community in Pennsylvania does not provide the skilled nursing services it claims to offer in promotional materials, according to charges filed by a former resident who developed a serious pressure ulcer.

Foot ulcer healing rate jumps  50% in first-of-its-kind trial

Foot ulcer healing rate jumps 50% in first-of-its-kind trial

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A new drug nearly doubled the diabetic foot-ulcer healing rate in a recent clinical trial, which researchers are touting as a potential breakthrough in wound care.

THE WAIT IS OVER: McKnight's Online Expo kicks off today

THE WAIT IS OVER: McKnight's Online Expo kicks off today

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Today's the day: Long-term care professionals, top vendors and subject matter experts are convening for the eighth annual McKnight's Online Expo. Minimum Data Set changes, technology adoption and wound care practices are the topics on tap in the virtual conference rooms, while the online exhibition hall will feature 15 vendor booths.

Two weeks until McKnight's Online Expo

MDS 3.0, wound care, technology, capital and surveys will all be covered at the 8th Annual McKnight's Online Expo on March 26 and 27. Participants can earn up to 5 CE credits.

Exploring and implementing the 3 Cs of skin and wound care

Exploring and implementing the 3 Cs of skin and wound care

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All clinicians can fall into one or more categories labeled preventer, predictor and promoter, but I suggest each has a primary role in skin and wound care and wound healing.

Foot ulcers double the cost of diabetes care, study finds

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Eliminating foot ulcers would cut costs for diabetes care in half, according to researchers with consulting firm The Analysis Group.

Foot ulcer healing rate jumps 50% in first-ever trial to show successful drug treatment of diabetic wounds

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A new drug nearly doubled the diabetic foot-ulcer healing rate in a recent clinical trial, which researchers are touting as a potential breakthrough in wound care.

Diabetes is the No. 1 co-morbid condition linked to nursing home pressure ulcers, analysis finds

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Diabetes is the co-morbid condition most strongly associated with the development of pressure ulcers in nursing home residents, according to a new analysis of existing research.

McKnight's 8th Expo is here

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The universal problem of how providers can best prepare for regulator inspections will be one of five key topics covered in McKnight's Online Expo educational sessions March 26-27.

Delve into hot topics at the 2014 Expo

Delve into hot topics at the 2014 Expo

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8th Annual McKnight's Online Expo brings national experts, continuing education credits, vendor booths and more straight to your desktop, or wherever you connect to the Internet

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound healing principles

Ask the treatment expert ... about wound healing principles

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I am a registered nurse and very interested in wound care. I understand that there are some general "wound healing principles." Can you explain?

Multidisciplinary teams cut costs but do not improve pressure ulcer healing in nursing homes, study finds

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Nursing homes could save money by utilizing multi-disciplinary teams for pressure ulcer treatment, although these teams may not improve clinical outcomes, according to recently published research.

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