Wound Care

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.

Eighth annual McKnight's Online Expo to kick off March 26

Eighth annual McKnight's Online Expo to kick off March 26

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For the eighth year, the McKnight's Online Expo is set to deliver practical, timely information to long-term care providers at an unbeatable price point. The 2014 Expo, taking place March 26 and 27, will include five webcasts from LTC leaders.

Vaso-Wraps provide option for diabetics

Vaso-Wraps provide option for diabetics

AGP-Medical, LLC said it plans to combine mailing Vaso-Wraps®, topical solutions, and dressings to patients with access to smartphones to allow the treatment and monitoring of diabetic ulcers and wounds.

Newest wound care insights

Newest wound care insights

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Wound care continues to be a growing challenge in the long-term care sector. But many facilities are not doing enough to ensure success, according to Jeffrey M. Levine, M.D., a wound care and geriatrics specialist affiliated with Mount Sinai Beth Israel (formerly Beth Israel Medical Center) in New York.

How to do it ... wound care

Wound care programs can be the bane of long-term care providers, or they can be a source of clinical pride and marketing material, as well as a strong revenue stream. This"How To" piece offers expert advice on how to save money and maximize efficiency in wound care.

Wound care research is poor  and has few answers: review

Wound care research is poor and has few answers: review

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Research on wound care therapy tends to be poor and reveals few insights for new treatment options, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.

Starting with the 3 Cs of wound care

Starting with the 3 Cs of wound care

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While research for the Holy Grail in skin and wound care "best practices" continues, I propose we start with what we "do know" as it relates to the clinicians who are providing the skin and wound care-regardless of research, product, wound type, assessment or resident population mix.

Wound care research is poor, shows little progress toward advanced treatments, analysis finds

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Research into wound care treatments is generally of poor quality, providing scant evidence of successful new therapies that might replace support stockings as the standard, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.

Triple Aim: Improving the patient healthcare and experience

Triple Aim: Improving the patient healthcare and experience

For patients in a participating ACO, one of the initial improvements for facilities will be the assignment of a care manager to guide and support them through the ACO experience. The care manager may be a Triple Aim committed primary care physician or ACO professional who takes responsibility for coordinating care plans. A key component of the ACO / Triple Aim experience is the demonstration of improved outcomes for each patient and the ACO population as a whole.

Studies take aim at diabetic foot ulcers

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Nursing home residents with diabetic foot ulcers face a heightened risk for additional problems, including foot amputations. Researchers at the University of Arizona Medical Center are recruiting patients for two studies that could reduce such risks.

Wounds unwelcome

Wounds unwelcome

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As hospitals look for post-acute provider partners, skilled nursing operators must gauge their effectiveness at post-operative care and wound prevention

New CMS policies will lead to 'big change' in wound care practices, analyst says

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New Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement practices within the next year will significantly change preferred treatment methods for wounds that are common in long-term care settings, according to a new market analysis.

Ask the care expert ... about photographing wounds

Ask the care expert ... about photographing wounds

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I am a charge nurse on a skilled unit. We do not take photos of wounds, but I would really like to take pictures. As they say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Do you agree?

Study: normally helpful cells can sabotage wound healing

Study: normally helpful cells can sabotage wound healing

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Recovery can be delayed when the body produces too many mast cells, which are normally helpful. At least, that's according to an article published in the July issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. Investigators found that an overabundance of these cells also leads to the overproduction of IL-10, which prevents certain white blood cells from reaching the wounded area.

Frequent debridement encourages rapid wound healing, researchers find

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Debridement appears to dramatically speed up the wound healing process, according to recently published research. On average, wounds were cleaned twice through debridement, which is the removal of necrotic tissue and other foreign substances. Wounds that were debrided more frequently generally healed faster, and much faster in the cases of certain types of wounds, the researchers discovered.

Cracking the code

Cracking the code

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Long-term care administrators and nurses are under pressure to train staff to assess and document skin conditions to keep patients out of the hospital.

How to do it ... wound care

Given the importance of treating sores and other open areas on the skin, there are countless possible approaches to managing wound care. No small part of the challenge for providers is making sure treatment steps are cost-effective. Experts tell here how providers can make sure they're spending their time and other assets wisely.

Wound warriors

Wound warriors

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Providers keep up the good fight as they close care gaps on multi-drug resistant organism-infected wounds by seeking out the right treatment and product.

Overlooked genes play a role  in wound care healing: study

Overlooked genes play a role in wound care healing: study

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Eight genes that have been overlooked in the past appear to play a role in the healing of pressure ulcers and other wounds, according to biologists from the University of California at San Diego.

Learning on the fly: Unlikely target for wound care found

Learning on the fly: Unlikely target for wound care found

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What do a nursing home resident's skin and a fruit fly's exoskeleton have in common? At first glance, not much. But it turns out that both are essentially a mesh of macromolecules that share similar signaling traits.

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