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M Martinson, N Martinson
OBJECTIVE: To compare the relative product cost and clinical outcomes of four skin substitutes used as adjunctive treatments for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). METHOD: Medicare claims data from 2011 to 2014 were used to identify beneficiaries with diabetes and foot ulcers. Patients treated with one of four types of skin substitute (Apligraf, Dermagraft, OASIS, and MatriStem) were identified. The skin substitutes were compared on episode length; amputation rate; skin substitute utilisation; and skin substitute costs...
October 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Sun-Ki Kim, Daehwan Chung, Michael E Himmel, Yannick J Bomble, Janet Westpheling
BACKGROUND: The ability to deconstruct plant biomass without conventional pretreatment has made members of the genus Caldicellulosiruptor the target of investigation for the consolidated processing of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels and bioproducts. These Gram-positive bacteria are hyperthermophilic anaerobes and the most thermophilic cellulolytic organisms so far described. They use both C5 and C6 sugars simultaneously and have the ability to grow well on xylan, a major component of plant cell walls...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Agata Janowska, Valentina Dini, Salvatore Panduri, Michela Macchia, Teresa Oranges, Marco Romanelli
Vitiligo is a multifactorial acquired dermatosis characterised by achromic or hypochromic macules and by the absence of functioning melanocytes. Treatment depends on the extent of the affected areas and on disease activity. Surgical techniques have proven to be effective in stable cases but can be time-consuming and, in some cases, aesthetically unsatisfying or painful for the patients. The aim of the study was to assess the clinical safety and effectiveness of a new automatic epidermal skin harvesting device in patients with stable localised vitiligo over a minimum 12-month period...
September 2016: International Wound Journal
Luis G Fernández
Traditionally, the surgical approach to managing abdominal injuries was to assess the extent of trauma, repair any damage and close the abdomen in one definitive procedure rather than leave the abdomen open. With advances in medicine, damage control surgery using temporary abdominal closure methods is being used to manage the open abdomen (OA) when closure is not possible. Although OA management is often observed in traumatic injuries, the extension of damage control surgery concepts, in conjunction with OA, for the management of the septic patient requires that the general surgeon who is faced with these challenges has a comprehensive knowledge of this complex subject...
September 2016: International Wound Journal
Allen Gabriel, Steven R Sigalove, G Patrick Maxwell
Although immediate postmastectomy breast reconstruction is favored over delayed reconstruction, it remains associated with high complication rates. Potential complications include seroma formation, dehiscence, infection, and tissue necrosis along incision edges. Closed incision negative pressure therapy (ciNPT; Prevena Incision Management System, KCI, an Acelity company, San Antonio, Tex.) has been reported to help hold incision edges together, protect incisions from external contamination, and remove fluid and infectious material...
July 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Walid K Abu Saleh, Odeaa Al Jabbari, Basel Ramlawi, Brian A Bruckner, Matthias Loebe, Michael J Reardon
Primary cardiac sarcomas are rare and carry a grave prognosis. Improved survival requires a complete margin negative resection of the tumor. These surgical resections are often large and complex, requiring extensive reconstructive procedures. The appropriate material for cardiac reconstruction is not known. We have used glutaraldehyde-fixed bovine pericardium in our early series but have recently employed the MatriStem(®) Surgical Matrix PSMX membrane (ACell(®), Inc.; Columbia, MD), a unique proprietary urinary bladder matrix derived from porcine urinary bladder with the potential for viability and tissue ingrowth...
April 2016: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
Regina M Fearmonti
UNLABELLED: Epidermal skin grafting presents an alternative to traditional autografts since only epidermal skin is harvested from the donor site. Split-thickness skin grafts are associated with difficulties at the donor site, including excessive pain, delayed healing, fluid loss, and unsatisfactory cosmetic results - all exacerbated in patients with comorbidities. A new automated epidermal harvesting tool (CelluTome Epidermal Harvesting System, KCI, an Acelity company, San Antonio, TX) involves concurrent application of heat and suction to normal skin to produce epidermal grafts...
July 2016: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Robert M Dorman, Kathryn D Bass
BACKGROUND: Extracellular matrix is used in various applications. We present our preliminary experience using a new device that consists of a porcine extracellular matrix with an epithelial basement membrane (MatriStem(®), ACell, Inc. Columbia, MD, USA) for adolescent pilonidal disease. METHODS: A retrospective review of four patients with pilonidal disease was undertaken. Three occurred in the gluteal cleft, and the fourth in the umbilicus. In the first patient, the wound deficit was filled with lyophilized MicroMatrix powder and a sheet of Multilayer Wound Matrix was placed to cover the wound...
October 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
Jiangxin Wang, Chaoyi Yan, Guofa Cai, Mengqi Cui, Alice Lee-Sie Eh, Pooi See Lee
An extremely stretchable electroluminescent device is fabricated by P. S. Lee and co-workers, as described on page 4490. The stretchable alternating-current electroluminescent (ACEL) device possesses extremely high stretchability, and can be linearly stretched to 700% with the luminance being maintained at 70% of the initial value before stretching. The device can be repeatedly stretched to 400% with stable emission behavior. The presented device will provide new opportunities in stretchable lighting, volumetric 3D displays, interactive readout systems, and other unprecedented applications...
June 2016: Advanced Materials
Taner Seker, Armagan Acele, Mustafa Topuz, Yucel Colkesen
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June 13, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Yi-Chun Carol Liu, Nipun Chhabra, Steven M Houser
BACKGROUND: Septal ulceration is a mucositis involving the mucous membranes of the nasal septum. Patients often complain of nasal irritation, crusting, and epistaxis. Presently, there is no gold standard for the treatment of septal ulcerations. Currently described therapies include local debridement, septal dermoplasty, septal flap reconstruction, and cadaveric dermal graft repair; however, no therapy has demonstrated a consistent improvement of symptoms. We present a novel approach for the treatment of chronic septal ulceration, using an extracellular matrix scaffold (MatriStem® Wound Care Matrix, ACell, Inc...
May 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Ahmet Oytun Baykan, Mustafa Gür, Gülhan Yüksel Kalkan, Armağan Acele, Taner Şeker, Ömer Şen, Abdürrezzak Börekçi, Mevlüt Koç, Murat Çaylı
OBJECTIVE: Ascending aortic aneurysms (AAA) are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless, their effects on global cardiac functions are yet to be fully understood. Myocardial performance index (MPI) has been widely used to quantitatively assess myocardial functions. The aim of this study was to evaluate left ventricular (LV) functions in patients with AAA using tissue Doppler (TD) echocardiography and MPI in addition to conventional echocardiographic methods. METHODS: Fifty patients with AAA (33 men, 17 woman; mean age 55...
March 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
V Sreenath Seenu Reddy
BACKGROUND: In patients with major comorbidities undergoing complex cardiothoracic surgery, incision management is critical. This retrospective review evaluated negative pressure over closed sternal incisions in cardiac patients with multiple comorbidities within 30 days post-median sternotomy. METHODS: Records of post-sternotomy patients treated with Prevena™ Incision Management System (KCI, an Acelity company, San Antonio, TX), a closed incision negative pressure therapy (ciNPT), were reviewed from September 2010 through September 2014...
2016: Curēus
Thomas E Serena, John S Buan
OBJECTIVE: Negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a mainstay in the treatment of acute and chronic wounds. Following the success of the Vacuum-Assisted Closure system (Kinetic Concepts Inc [KCI], an Acelity Company, San Antonio, Texas), many similar systems were developed with minor variations. However, these systems are best suited to wounds with soft-tissue defects. Moreover, the need for a canister to collect wound exudate adds to the size and weight of the device. A canister-free (CF) NPWT device was cleared by the FDA for the treatment of chronic wounds (Kalypto Medical, Mendota Heights, Minnesota)...
April 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Ahmet Oytun Baykan, Mustafa Gür, Armağan Acele, Taner Şeker, Alaa Quisi, Ali Kıvrak, Arafat Yıldırım, Hakan Uçar, Selahattin Akyol, Murat Çaylı
INTRODUCTION: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of chronic total coronary occlusions (CTOs) is one of the most challenging procedures of interventional cardiology and is associated with increased risk of significant complications. However, debate continues in regard to which factors adversely influence the success rate of PCI and whether the benefits of revascularization of CTO outweigh the risks and challenges. AIM: To analyze the relationship between lesion characteristics and overall success rates as well as in-hospital outcomes after PCI for CTO...
2016: Postępy W Kardiologii Interwencyjnej, Advances in Interventional Cardiology
A Bhatia
OBJECTIVE: Complex wounds are often difficult to close and sometimes require a split-thickness skin graft (STSG). However, epidermal skin grafts, which contain only an epidermal layer of skin, are a viable option for wound coverage in these challenging wounds. We report our experience using an automated epidermal harvesting tool to harvest epidermal skin grafts for the treatment of complex wounds. METHOD: Epidermal skin grafts were harvested from the patient's thigh, which was first washed with isopropyl alcohol...
March 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Ahmet Oytun Baykan, Mustafa Gür, Armağan Acele, Taner Şeker, Murat Çaylı
The occurrence of a serious cardiac emergency following scorpion envenomation has rarely been reported and, when so, mostly presented as non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, or myocarditis. Possible mechanisms include imbalance in blood pressure and coronary vasospasm caused by the combination of sympathetic excitation, scorpion venom-induced release of catecholamines, and the direct effect of the toxin on the myocardium. We report a case of a 55-year-old man who presented with acute inferior wall myocardial infarction (MI) within 2 h of being stung by a scorpion...
January 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Ramon Cantero, Ines Rubio-Perez, Miguel Leon, Mario Alvarez, Beatriz Diaz, Ana Herrera, Joaquin Diaz-Dominguez, Jose Antonio Rodriguez-Montes
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if the application of a negative-pressure therapy system (Prevena Incision Management System, Kinetics Concepts Inc, [KCI] an Acelity Company, San Antonio, Texas) on ileostomy-closure surgical wounds would reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in comparison with conventional closure and dressing. DESIGN: Prospective interventional pilot study. SETTING: La Paz University Hospital, tertiary care academic hospital in Madrid, Spain...
March 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Brian M Cichocki, Kathern E Myrna, Phillip A Moore
OBJECTIVE: To describe and evaluate a modified penetrating keratoplasty technique utilizing ACell(®) for management of equine deep stromal or full-thickness corneal stromal abscesses (SA). METHODS: Cases presenting to the University of Georgia Ophthalmology service for surgical management of SA necessitating penetrating keratoplasty (PK) were included in the study population. Surgery entailed the use of an ACell(®) disk sutured within the deep level of a stepped full-thickness corneal incision with an overlying conjunctival pedicle flap placed in the superficial step incision...
February 3, 2016: Veterinary Ophthalmology
A Apte, M Walsh, S Chandrasekharan, A Chakravorty
INTRODUCTION: Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) assisted breast reconstruction has transformed the single-stage Immediate Breast Reconstruction (IBR) with an impact on the cosmetic outcomes. However, there is limited data available on patient reported outcomes. This study highlights the Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), post-operative complications and lessons learnt from ADM assisted single-stage immediate breast reconstruction. METHODS: This prospective study enrolled consecutive patients from Feb 2012 - May 2015 undergoing mastectomy with direct-to-implant ADM assisted breast reconstruction, using Strattice™ (Acelity, San Antonio, TX, USA)...
January 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
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