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Acute wound care

Dea J Kent, Jody N Scardillo, Barbara Dale, Caitlin Pike
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is to examine the evidence and provide recommendations for the use of clean or sterile dressing technique with dressing application to prevent wound infection. QUESTION: In all persons with acute or chronic wounds, does the use of clean or sterile dressing technique affect incidence of wound infection? SEARCH STRATEGY: A search of the literature was performed by a trained university librarian, which resulted in 473 articles that examined any age group that dealt with application of a wound dressing using either sterile or nonsterile technique...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Anne-Claire Pierrefeu-Lagrange, Karine Mari, Caroline Hoss, Breda Cullen, Lorraine Nisbet
INTRODUCTION: Dressings are a mainstay for wound management; however, dressing adherence to the wound or periwound area can cause pain and trauma at removal. Dressing-related trauma includes skin reactions, adherence to the wound, and skin stripping. The development of atraumatic wound contact layer dressings has been a major advancement in reducing trauma. OBJECTIVE: This study compares the benefits of a cellulose acetate mesh (CAM) coated with soft silicone versus a flexible polyamide net (FPN) coated with soft silicone...
January 26, 2018: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Vera Spatenkova, Ondrej Bradac, Daniela Fackova, Zdenka Bohunova, Petr Suchomel
BACKGROUND: Nosocomial infection (NI) control is an important issue in neurocritical care due to secondary brain damage and the increased morbidity and mortality of primary acute neurocritical care patients. The primary aim of this study was to determine incidence of nosocomial infections and multidrug-resistant bacteria and seek predictors of nosocomial infections in a preventive multimodal nosocomial infection protocol in the neurointensive care unit (NICU). The secondary aim focused on their impact on stay, mortality and cost in the NICU...
March 7, 2018: BMC Neurology
John P Lichtenberger, Andrew M Kim, Dane Fisher, Peter S Tatum, Brian Neubauer, P Gabriel Peterson, Brett W Carter
Introduction: Combat-related thoracic trauma is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality of the casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Penetrating, blunt, and blast injuries were the most common mechanisms of trauma. Imaging plays a key role in the management of combat-related thoracic trauma casualties. This review discusses the imaging manifestations of thoracic injuries from penetrating trauma, emphasizing epidemiology and diagnostic clues seen during OEF and OIF...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
Leah Rutter
A large proportion of community wound care consists of managing chronic wounds. Given the increasingly complex patient comorbidities, early identification and treatment of wound infection can impact greatly not only on wound healing but also on the patient physically, psychologically and socially. Identifying wound infection can be challenging for clinicians, particularly in the chronic wound where infection may not always present itself as it does in acute wounds. The management of infected wounds can be complicated...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Community Nursing
Azra Bihorac, Tezcan Ozrazgat-Baslanti, Ashkan Ebadi, Amir Motaei, Mohcine Madkour, Panagote M Pardalos, Gloria Lipori, William R Hogan, Philip A Efron, Frederick Moore, Lyle L Moldawer, Daisy Zhe Wang, Charles E Hobson, Parisa Rashidi, Xiaolin Li, Petar Momcilovic
MINI: In a single-center cohort of 51,457 adult surgical patients, we have developed and validated an automated machine-learning algorithm that uses existing clinical data in electronic health records to forecast the risk for major complications and death after any type of surgery with high sensitivity and high specificity. OBJECTIVE: To accurately calculate the risk for postoperative complications and death after surgery in the preoperative period using machine-learning modeling of clinical data...
February 27, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Bevin Cohen, Jianfang Liu, Adam Ross Cohen, Elaine Larson
OBJECTIVE To quantify the association between having a prior bed occupant or roommate with a positive blood, respiratory, urine, or wound culture and subsequent infection with the same organism. DESIGN Case-control study. SETTING The study included 4 hospitals within an academically affiliated network in New York City, including a community hospital (221 beds), a pediatric acute-care hospital (283 beds), an adult tertiary-/quaternary-care hospital (647 beds), and a pediatric and adult tertiary-/quaternary-care hospital (914 beds)...
February 28, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Piyush Kalakoti, Daniel M Sciubba, Andrew J Pugely, Matthew J McGirt, Kanika Sharma, Devi P Patra, Kevin Phan, Karthik Madhavan, Richard P Menger, Christina Notarianni, Bharat Guthikonda, Anil Nanda, Hai Sun
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, observational cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of psychiatric diseases on short-term outcomes in patients undergoing fusion surgery for LDDD. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Limited literature exists on the prevalence and impact of psychiatric comorbidities on outcomes in patients undergoing surgery for lumbar degenerative disc disease (LDDD). METHODS: Adult patients (>18 years) registered in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database (2002-2011) and undergoing an elective spine fusion for LDDD that met inclusion criteria formed the study population...
February 23, 2018: Spine
Anna Polak, Cezary Kucio, Luther C Kloth, Malgorzata Paczula, Ewa Hordynska, Tomasz Ickowicz, Edward Blaszczak, Ewa Kucio, Krystian Oleszczyk, Krzysztof Ficek, Andrzej Franek
The use of electrical stimulation (ES) should be considered for treating nonhealing pressure ulcers (PUs), but optimal ES wound treatment protocols have yet to be established. A randomized, controlled, double-blind clinical study was conducted to evaluate the effects of cathodal and anodal high-voltage monophasic pulsed current (HVMPC) on periwound skin blood flow (PSBF) and size reduction of Stage 2 to Stage 4 PUs of at least 4 weeks' duration. Persons >18 years of age, hospitalized with neurological injuries, at high risk for PU development (Norton scale <14 points; Waterlow scale >15 points), and with at least 1 Stage 2 to Stage 4 PU were eligible to participate in the study...
February 2018: Ostomy/wound Management
Eduardo Smith-Singares
The rise in gun violence and other penetrating trauma constitutes one of the main challenges in the modern practice of Acute Care Surgery. Expertise in the emergency management of this type of injuries is needed if one is to avoid preventable complications, such as short bowel syndrome. Revisiting and sometimes repurposing old surgical techniques may facilitate this task. The use of a modified Finney enteroplasty as a bowel sparing damage control technique for penetrating jejunal and ileal injuries was studied on 87 gunshot wound victims...
February 24, 2018: Updates in Surgery
Ivy N Haskins, Jihad Kudsi, Kathleen Hayes, Richard L Amdur, Paul P Lin, Khashayar Vaziri
BACKGROUND: Surgical residency training programs in the United States are modeled on the principle of graduated responsibility. Residents are given greater responsibility and autonomy in the operating room and during perioperative care as they gain surgical skills and progress through their training. The impact of this method of surgical training on patient outcomes remains unknown. The purpose of this study is to compare early patient morbidity and mortality after bariatric surgery in cases with and without resident participation using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database...
March 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Prashanth R J Vas, Michael Edmonds, Venu Kavarthapu, Hisham Rashid, Raju Ahluwalia, Christian Pankhurst, Nikolaos Papanas
The "diabetic foot attack" is one of the most devastating presentations of diabetic foot disease, typically presenting as an acutely inflamed foot with rapidly progressive skin and tissue necrosis, at times associated with significant systemic symptoms. Without intervention, it may escalate over hours to limb-threatening proportions and poses a high amputation risk. There are only best practice approaches but no international protocols to guide management. Immediate recognition of a typical infected diabetic foot attack, predominated by severe infection, with prompt surgical intervention to debride all infected tissue alongside broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy is vital to ensure both limb and patient survival...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Y Erben, C I Mena-Hurtado, S M Miller, R A Jean, B J Sumpio, C A Velasquez, H Mojibian, J Aruny, A Dardik, B E Sumpio
OBJECTIVE: Treatment for lifestyle limiting claudication (LLC) that is due to infra-inguinal peripheral artery disease relies on either bypass, angioplasty, and/or stenting. Given the enthusiasm and shift toward more endovascular therapy for treatment of LLC, we sought to analyze whether octogenarians benefit from infra-inguinal interventions in the same manner as their younger counterparts. METHODS: We identified all patients admitted for elective treatment of LLC from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2003 to 2012, who received open surgical or endovascular intervention for infra-inguinal peripheral arterial disease...
February 6, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Jacob Glaser, Joseph Zeman, Stephen Noble, Nathanial Fernandez
Background: Acute kidney injury is a common complication of both civilian and military trauma. The lack of dedicated resources restrict dialysis in the forward setting. We report a case of a combat polytrauma and renal failure, using continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration to clear uremia and remove volume, allowing for ventilator liberation and safe disposition. Materials and Methods: The patient presented with traumatic lower extremity injuries and abdominal wounds and developed acute post-traumatic renal failure...
January 1, 2018: Military Medicine
Benjamin N Nevitt, Michael J Adkesson, Gwen Jankowski, Paula West, Jennifer N Langan
CASE DESCRIPTION A 17-year-old sexually intact male aardvark (Orycteropus afer) was evaluated because of hind limb proprioception deficits and ataxia. CLINICAL FINDINGS Results of examination and CT suggested a diagnosis of intervertebral disk disease and diskospondylitis at the L2-3 intervertebral space. Magnetic resonance imaging of the vertebral column also indicated intervertebral disk rupture with spinal cord compression and inflammation of the adjacent epaxial musculature TREATMENT AND OUTCOME Hemilaminectomy was performed according to the technique described for dogs...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Matthew A Chong, Yongjun Wang, Nicolas M Berbenetz, Ian McConachie
BACKGROUND: Much uncertainty exists as to whether peri-operative goal-directed therapy is of benefit. OBJECTIVES: To discover if peri-operative goal-directed therapy decreases mortality and morbidity in adult surgical patients. DESIGN: An updated systematic review and random effects meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. DATA SOURCES: Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library were searched up to 31 December 2016...
January 23, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Julian-Dario Rembe, Carolin Fromm-Dornieden, Julia Böhm, Ewa K Stuermer
Treating infected acute and/or chronic wounds still represents a major challenge in medical care. Various interactions of antiseptic dressings with wound environments regarding antimicrobial efficacy remain unclear. Therefore, this work aimed to investigate the influence of human acute wound fluid (AWF) on the antimicrobial performance of different antiseptic foam dressings in-vitro against typical bacterial wound pathogens. Eight antiseptic polyurethane foam dressings containing either a silver formulation or Polyhexamethylene-biguanide (PHMB) were assessed regarding their antimicrobial potency against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa using a modified Time-Kill-Assay based on ISO EN 20743...
January 24, 2018: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Christopher J Tignanelli, Wayne E Vander Kolk, Judy N Mikhail, Matthew J Delano, Mark R Hemmila
BACKGROUND: The appropriate triage of acutely injured patients within a trauma system is associated with improved rates of mortality and optimal resource utilization. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) put forward six minimum criteria (ACS-6) for full trauma team activation (TTA). We hypothesized that ACS-COT-verified trauma center compliance with these criteria is associated with low undertriage rates and improved overall mortality. METHODS: Data from a state-wide collaborative quality initiative was used...
February 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Caroline Hall, Carolyn Hardin, Christopher J Corkins, Alisha Z Jiwani, John Fletcher, Anders Carlsson, Rodney Chan
Burn injuries are a pervasive clinical problem. Extensive thermal trauma can be life-threatening or result in long-lasting complications, generating a significant impact on quality of life for patients as well as a cost burden to the healthcare system. The importance of addressing global or systemic issues such as resuscitation and management of inhalation injuries is not disputed but is beyond the scope of this review, which focuses on cutaneous pathophysiologic mechanisms for current treatments, both in the acute and long-term settings...
December 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
Sara E Parli, Grishma Trivedi, Alison Woodworth, Phillip K Chang
BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin (PCT) is a serum biomarker currently suggested by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign to aid in determination of the appropriate duration of therapy in sepsis patients. We review the use of procalcitonin in patients after trauma or acute care surgery. METHOD: A MEDLINE search via PubMed was performed using the combination of "procalcitonin" and "humans" and "injuries, trauma," "wounds and injuries," or "wounds." Studies of burn patients, children, other biomarkers, and non-acute care surgery were excluded...
January 22, 2018: Surgical Infections
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