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Diabetic wound care

Andrés M Bur, Jason A Brant, Carolyn L Mulvey, Elizabeth A Nicolli, Robert M Brody, John P Fischer, Steven B Cannady, Jason G Newman
Importance: Unplanned hospital readmission is costly and in recent years has become a focus of health care legislation intended to reduce health care expenditures. Greater understanding of which perioperative complications are associated with hospital readmission after surgery for head and neck cancer is needed to reduce unplanned readmissions. Objective: To determine which clinical risk factors and complications are associated with 30-day unplanned readmission after surgery for malignant neoplasms of the head and neck...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Janelle Yu, Suzanne Lu, Ann-Marie McLaren, Julie A Perry, Karen M Cross
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a significant problem in an aging population. 15% of diabetics develop a DFU over their lifetime, which can lead to potential amputation. The 5-year survival rate after amputation is 31%, which is greater than the lifetime risk of mortality from cancer. Topical oxygen is a promising technique for the adjunctive therapy of chronic wounds including DFUs, but few controlled studies exist to support its clinical adoption. The aim of this study was to compare a portable topical oxygen delivery system in patients with non-healing DFUs to standard best practice...
October 12, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
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
Michele Ammendola, Rosario Sacco, Lucia Butrico, Giuseppe Sammarco, Stefano de Franciscis, Raffaele Serra
Diabetic foot ulcerations may determine minor or major amputation, with a high impact on patients' life expectation and quality of life and on economic burden. Among minor amputations, transmetatarsal amputation (TMA) appears to be the most effective in terms of limb salvage rates and in maintaining foot and ankle biomechanics. In spite of this, TMA needs particular pre- and postoperative management in order to avoid the frequent failure rates. A systematic review was undertaken of studies concerning TMA and its care in diabetic foot gangrene...
October 3, 2016: International Wound Journal
S Fiquet, F Desbiez, I Tauveron, N Mrozek, M Vidal, O Lesens
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to develop and implement an application that could improve the management of patients presenting with diabetic foot osteomyelitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Physicians from the multidisciplinary diabetic foot infection team and a software engineer first assessed the needs required for the infection management and application. An experimental version was then designed and progressively improved. A final version was implemented in clinical practice in 2013 by the multidisciplinary diabetic foot infection team of our university hospital...
September 28, 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
Travis J Dekker, Yash Avashia, Suhail K Mithani, Andrew P Matson, Alexander J Lampley, Samuel B Adams
: Introduction Achilles tendon and posterior heel wound complications are difficult to treat. These typically require soft tissue coverage via microvascular free tissue transfer at a tertiary referral center. Here, we describe coverage of a series of posterior heel and Achilles wounds via simple, local tissue transfer, called a bipedicle fasciocutaneous flap. This flap can be performed by an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon, without resources of tertiary/specialized care or microvascular support...
September 23, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Bernd Brüggenjürgen, Frank Andersohn, Jörg Burkowitz, Nadja Ezzat, Maren Gaudig, Stefan N Willich
BACKGROUND: The individual and societal burden of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is substantial. Identifying relevant factors deteriorating AD and inducing need for nursing care would be of high relevance for healthcare planning. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study was the identification of predictors of first assignment of a level of long-term care in AD, used as an approximation for disease progression. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study using data from a large German statutory health and long-term care insurance (SHI) company, co-morbidities and drug exposure were evaluated with respect to their predictive value for disease progression (first day the amount of daily nursing care exceeded 1...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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
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
S Roy, M A Hossain, S K Paul, N Haque, T K Barman, S Ahmed, S A Nasreen, M S Hossain, F Ahmed, P Biswas, F Nahar, H Begum, M S Islam
The aim of this study was to detect antimicrobial susceptibilities and the presence of drug resistance genes of MRSA from tertiary care hospitals. This study was carried out in the Department of Microbiology, Mymensingh Medical College during the period from Jan, 2015 to Dec, 2015. Clinical samples, including wound swab, pus, exudates from diabetic ulcer and burn ulcer, aural swab, blood and urine were collected. Standard microbiological procedure & biochemical tests were carried out to detect S. aureus. Oxacillin disk diffusion test was done by Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method...
July 2016: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
Raafia Memon, WuQiang Fan, Richard Snyder, Mahesh Krishnamurthy
INTRODUCTION: While extremely uncommon, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and thyroid storm (TS) are endocrine emergencies that can coexist. We describe a case with a confounding clinical presentation that identifies these two emergencies within the setting of sepsis and influenza. CASE: A 69-year-old diabetic female was found by the paramedic staff to be disoriented. She demonstrated tachycardia and had a foul-smelling abdominal wound. Laboratory evaluation revealed DKA, leukocytosis, influenza B, and urinary tract infection...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Hilde Smith-Strøm, Marjolein M Iversen, Marit Graue, Svein Skeie, Marit Kirkevold
INTRODUCTION: Diabetic foot ulcers are a feared complication of diabetes. Care delivered via telemedicine is suggested to be a more integrated care pathway to manage diabetic foot ulcers than traditionally delivered healthcare. Our aim was to explore patients' experiences with telemedicine follow-up care as compared to traditional care. METHODS: Interpretive description was used as an analysis strategy. Data were collected using individual semi-structured interviews in the context of a larger ongoing clustered randomized controlled trial...
October 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
U Khalid, A Asderakis, T Rana, L Szabo, R Chavez, M A Ilham, E Ablorsu
BACKGROUND: Reasons for declining kidney donors are older age, with or without, hypertension, kidney dysfunction, and diabetes. Implantation of both kidneys into a single recipient from such donors may improve their acceptability and outcome. METHODS: Patients who underwent dual kidney transplantation (DKT) between June 2010 and May 2014 were identified from a prospectively maintained database. Single kidney transplantations (SKT) with matching donor criteria were also identified...
July 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Aditya Sood, Mark S Granick, Chloé Trial, Julie Lano, Sylvie Palmier, Evelyne Ribal, Luc Téot
BACKGROUND: Telemedicine in wound care is an evolving method of information technology and telecommunication designed to provide health care at a distance. Given the visual nature of wound care, telemedicine has many potential applications within this field. The authors will review the current status of wound care and telemedicine. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review of articles published on telemedicine in wound care was performed. Articles were selected for their relevance to wound healing and then reviewed for their discussion on the potential applications, benefits, and limitations to telemedicine in wound care...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Frances L Game, William J Jeffcoate
BACKGROUND: The outcome of ulcers of the foot in diabetes is generally poor with around 1 in 10 resulting in the loss of a limb. There is an urgent need for the development of interventions to improve the outcome for patients. To date, however, the evidence base to support many of the interventions in common use, including wound dressings, is poor. METHODS: This article summarizes the findings of systematic reviews of the subject published between 2006 and 2014 and covers all relevant articles in any language, as well as comments on certain newer publications...
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
Robert S Kirsner, Marco Romanelli
The growing trends of ageing populations and increasing prevalence of diabetes have given rise to an expanding number of problematic acute and chronic wounds. Over the past two decades, the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with and without instillation of topical wound solutions has expanded to include treatment of a large variety of wounds. Additionally, the use of NPWT specifically designed for use over closed surgical incisions has been associated with favourable results. The recent introduction of an automated epidermal harvesting system, which neither creates a donor site wound nor requires the use of a surgeon, operating room or anaesthesia, has facilitated the use of epidermal grafting...
September 2016: International Wound Journal
Adam Landsman, Eran Rosines, Amanda Houck, Angela Murchison, Alyce Jones, Xiaofei Qin, Silvia Chen, Arnold R Landsman
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the characteristics of a cryopreserved split-thickness skin allograft produced from donated human skin and compare it with fresh, unprocessed human split-thickness skin. BACKGROUND: Cutaneous wound healing is a complex and organized process, where the body re-establishes the integrity of the injured tissue. However, chronic wounds, such as diabetic or venous stasis ulcers, are difficult to manage and often require advanced biologics to facilitate healing...
September 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
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