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Chronic wound care treatments

Tone Kristin Bergersen, Elisabeth Storheim, Stina Gundersen, Linn Kleven, Maria Johnson, Leiv Sandvik, Kari Jorunn Kvaerner, Nils-Otto Ørjasæter
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test the efficacy of a wound support network model between the primary home care service and the hospital. The impact on wound healing rate, cost benefit, and transfer of knowledge was investigated. INTERVENTION: The intervention group was exposed to a wound support network (n = 32), and the control group continued standard organization of treatment (n = 21). DESIGN: Nonrandomized controlled study; observations were made before (baseline) and after the implementation of the intervention (12 weeks)...
November 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Mesut Mutluoglu, Gunalp Uzun, Michael Bennett, Peter Germonpré, David Smart, Daniel Mathieu
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are one of the most common indications for hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT). The role of HBOT in DFUs is often debated. Recent evidence based guidelines, while recommending its use, urge further studies to identify the patient subgroups most likely to benefit from HBOT. A recent study in Diabetes Care aimed to assess the efficacy of HBOT in reducing the need for major amputation and improving wound healing in patients with chronic DFUs. In this study, patients with Wagner grade 2-4 diabetic foot lesions were randomly assigned to have HBOT (30 sessions/90 min/244 kPa) or sham treatment (30 sessions/90 min/air/125 kPa)...
September 2016: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
Reiko Watanabe, Takayuki Tabayashi, Tatsuki Tomikawa, Morihiko Sagawa, Tomoe Anan-Nemoto, Yuta Kimura, Yasuyuki Takahashi, Michihide Tokuhira, Satoshi Otaki, Hidenori Oi, Makoto Sawano, Satoshi Sugiyama, Masahiro Kizaki
Thrombopoietin receptor (TPO-R) agonists have been shown to be effective in refractory chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP); however, their efficacy in patients under critical care is not known. We report the case of a female patient with a newly diagnosed ITP who experienced severe bleeding from an external wound. The patient was administered the standard treatments for ITP, which are high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) and corticosteroids. However, following failure of these treatments, we administered romiplostim on day 6 after the onset of ITP...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Igal Kushnir, Alon Kushnir, Thomas E Serena, Doron Garfinkel
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a novel method using an autologous whole blood clot formed with the RedDress Wound Care System (RD1, RedDress Ltd, Israel), a provisional whole blood clot matrix used in the treatment of chronic wounds of various etiologies. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients were treated at the bedside with the whole blood clot matrix. Blood was withdrawn from each patient using citrate, mixed with a calcium gluconate/kaolin suspension, and injected into an RD1 clotting tray...
September 2016: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
R Strohal, B Assenheimer, M Augustin, G Hämmerle, S Läuchli, B Pundt, G Stern, M Storck, C Ulrich
BACKGROUND: The challenges of modern wound management, such as the treatment of chronic wounds and their phase-specific handling, are demanding and require optimally adapted therapeutic measures. The principles of moist wound care as well as an adequate debridement have priority here. To support these necessary measures, different options are available, e.g., a new product group operating across several wound phases. OBJECTIVE: A new treatment principle in modern wound management based on an expert consensus is presented...
September 28, 2016: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
Vickie R Driver, Kristen A Eckert, Marissa J Carter, Michael A French
This study analyzed a cross-section of patients with severe chronic wounds and multiple comorbidities at an outpatient wound clinic, with regard to the cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit of negative pressure wound therapy (intervention) versus no negative pressure wound therapy (control) at 1 and 2 years. Medicare reimbursement charges for wound care were used to calculate costs. Amputation charges were assessed using diagnosis-related groups. Cost-benefit analysis was based on ulcer-free months and cost-effectiveness on quality-adjusted life-years...
September 27, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Derek S Anselmo, Marc Karpo, Ebony Love, Tracey Vlahovic
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The benefits of using amniotic tissue in skin regeneration are well documented. Today, cryopreservation technology allows for better availability and maintenance of mesenchymal stem cells. This is of particular interest in treating the diabetic foot ulcer as this population has fewer mesenchymal stem cells. The objective of this case series investigation was to compare the efficacy of cryopreserved human amniotic stem cells in treating foot wounds of different etiologies...
September 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Yutaro Yamashita, Hiroaki Nagae, Ichiro Hashimoto
Pilonidal sinus is a cystic disease that occurs most often in the sacrococcygeal region. Surgical excision and coverage with a skin flap require postoperative bed rest. Most affected patients are young adults who find it difficult to obtain adequate postoperative bed rest owing to their work. The purpose of this study is to review the effectiveness of our ambulatory surgery procedure for pilonidal sinus, which involves tract excision and open treatment followed by at-home irrigation. We reviewed the 9 cases of chronic pilonidal sinus treated at our out-patient clinic by ambulatory surgery consisting of open excision without skin closure...
2016: Journal of Medical Investigation: JMI
Ivana Roth-Albin, Safiah H C Mai, Zeeshan Ahmed, Ji Cheng, Karen Choong, Perry V Mayer
OBJECTIVES: Data concerning outcomes of Canadian patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are limited. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the healing rates and identify the predictors of poor outcomes following advanced wound care in patients presenting with DFUs. METHODS: We conducted retrospective cohort study of adult patients who had DFUs and were referred to a single Canadian advanced diabetic foot and wound care centre between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2010...
September 12, 2016: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Thomas Serena, Heather Connell, Sharon McConnell, Keyur Patel, Bryan Doner, Matthew Sabo, Michael Miller, Laura Serena, Lam T Le, David Goldsmith, Jane Chung
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this retrospective registry data analysis was to explore the effectiveness of a novel multivalent topical ointment (Terrasil Infection Control Wound Care Ointment; Aspiera Medical, Woonsocket, Rhode Island), containing a patented mineral complex and 0.2% benzethonium chloride in the treatment of nonhealing acute and chronic wounds. DESIGN: Aspiera Medical designed a registry to capture physician experiences and treatment results with Terrasil Infection Control Wound Care Ointment...
October 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
I Lazareth
Leg ulcers are a chronic condition. Healing can be long for venous ulcers and the risk of complications is significant. Infection is the most severe complication and can occur in the form of easily diagnosed acute bacterial dermohypodermitis that generally responds well to antibiotic treatment if given at an appropriate dose or in the form of localized infection that is more difficult to diagnosis. Indeed, no consensus has been reached in the literature on the clinical criteria to retain for the diagnosis of localized infection...
September 2016: Journal des Maladies Vasculaires
Eliot To, Rebecca Dyck, Stephanie Gerber, Shauna Kadavil, Kevin Y Woo
INTRODUCTION: This is the first systematic review to explore the evidence on PHMB and determine how effective this topical agent is for the treatment of chronic wounds. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, Embase, the Cochrane library, and Scopus were searched for relevant articles published from 1946 to February 3, 2014, with no restrictions on publication status. ProQuest was searched for relevant dissertations, editorials, and conference abstracts...
September 10, 2016: Surgical Technology International
A Massimiliano D'Erme, M Iannone, V Dini, M Romanelli
OBJECTIVE: Contact allergies can occur frequently in patients with chronic leg ulcers (CLUs), even in those with a short duration of ulcerative disease. The wide spectrum of therapeutic products promotes development of the delayed type of hypersensitivity and continuous changes in the allergens pattern, which make the diagnosis and treatment extremely difficult in many cases. A prompt diagnosis and treatment of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in patients suffering from CLUs is very important for a best clinical outcome of these two common diseases...
September 2016: Journal of Wound Care
J Hurlow, E Blanz, J A Gaddy
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyse wound biofilm from a clinical perspective. Research has shown that biofilm is the preferred microbial phenotype in health and disease and is present in a majority of chronic wounds. Biofilm has been linked to chronic wound inflammation, impairment in granulation tissue and epithelial migration, yet there lacks the ability to confirm the clinical presence of biofilm. This study links the clinical setting with microscopic laboratory confirmation of the presence of biofilm in carefully selected wound debridement samples...
September 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Apirag Chuangsuwanich, Tananchai Assadamongkol, Dheerawan Boonyawan
Pressure ulcers are difficult to treat. Recent reports of low-temperature atmospheric-pressure plasma (LTAPP) indicated its safe and effectiveness in chronic wound care management. It has been shown both in vitro and vivo studies that LTAPP not only helps facilitate wound healing but also has antimicrobial efficacy due to its composition of ion and electron, free radicals, and ultraviolet ray. We studied the beneficial effect of LTAPP specifically on pressure ulcers. In a prospective randomized study, 50 patients with pressure ulcers were divided into 2 groups: Control group received standard wound care and the study group was treated with LTAPP once every week for 8 consecutive weeks in addition to standard wound care...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Sarah Sorice, Kristine C Rustad, Alexander Y Li, Geoffrey C Gurtner
BACKGROUND: Chronic wounds present unique challenges for healthcare providers as they place patients at increased risk for various morbidities and mortality. Advances in wound care technology have expanded the treatment options available for wound management, but few products fully address the underlying core deficiencies responsible for the development of poorly healing wounds. In the future, addressing these derangements will undoubtedly play a key role in the treatment of these patients...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Lisa J Gould, Garima Dosi, Kara Couch, Gary W Gibbons, Raelina S Howell, Harold Brem, Marjana Tomic-Canic
BACKGROUND: Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) represent the most common ulcers of the lower extremity. VLUs are notorious for delayed and prolonged healing with high rates of recurrence. Most patients with VLUs also have significant comorbidities that interfere with primary wound healing. Thus, caring for patients with VLUs requires an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the abnormal venous anatomy and the downstream effects that lead to inflammation, ulceration, and a hostile wound microenvironment...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Olivia B Hughes, Adele Rakosi, Flor Macquhae, Ingrid Herskovitz, Joshua D Fox, Robert S Kirsner
BACKGROUND: Wound healing is a dynamic process whereby cells, growth factors (GFs), and the extracellular matrix (ECM) interact to restore the architecture of damaged tissue. Chronic wounds can be difficult to treat due to the increased presence of inflammatory cells that degrade the ECM, GF, and cells necessary for wound healing to occur. Cellular and acellular matrix products can be used in the management of a variety of chronic wounds including venous, diabetic, and pressure ulcers and other conditions such as burns, epidermolysis bullosa, pyoderma gangrenosum, and surgical wounds...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Aline Fleck, Patrik F G Cabral, Felipe F M Vieira, Deo A Pinheiro, Carlos R Pereira, Wilson C Santos, Thelma B Machado
The pharmacological activities of many Punica granatum L. components suggest a wide range of clinical applications for the prevention and treatment of diseases where chronic inflammation is believed to play an essential etiologic role. The current work reports a case study analyzing the effect produced by a magistral formulation of ethanolic extracts of Punica granatum peels on a non-healing chronic ulcer. The complete closure of the chronic ulcer that was initially not responsive to standard medical care was observed...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Kenneth Tran, Brant W Ullery, Marcus R Kret, Jason T Lee
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance and predictors of stent failure of paclitaxel drug-eluting stents for the treatment of femoropopliteal disease. METHODS: A retrospective review of clinical and angiographic data was performed for patients treated for femoropopliteal disease with the Zilver PTX (Cook Medical, Bloomington, IN) stent by a single operator between 2012 and 2015 at a tertiary referral center. Clinical grading was determined by both Rutherford classification and the Society for Vascular Surgery's Wound, Ischemia, and Foot Infection (WIFi) scoring system, and lesions were classified anatomically by the TransAtlantic Intersociety Consensus (TASC) II criteria...
August 20, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
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