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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734103/levels-of-wound-calprotectin-and-other-inflammatory-biomarkers-aid-in-deciding-which-patients-with-a-diabetic-foot-ulcer-need-antibiotic-therapy-induce-study
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J R Ingram, S Cawley, E Coulman, C Gregory, E Thomas-Jones, T Pickles, R Cannings-John, N A Francis, K Harding, K Hood, V Piguet
AIMS: Deciding if a diabetic foot ulcer is infected in a community setting is challenging without validated point-of-care tests. Four inflammatory biomarkers were investigated to develop a composite algorithm for mildly infected diabetic foot ulcers: venous white cell count, C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin, and a novel wound exudate calprotectin assay. Calprotectin is a marker of neutrophilic inflammation. METHODS: In a prospective study, people with uninfected or mildly infected diabetic foot ulcers who had not received oral antibiotics in the preceding 2 weeks were recruited from community podiatry clinics for measurement of inflammatory biomarkers...
July 22, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727481/leucocyte-and-platelet-rich-fibrin-l-prf-as-a-regenerative-medicine-strategy-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-leg-ulcers-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Nelson R Pinto, Matias Ubilla, Yelka Zamora, Verónica Del Rio, David M Dohan Ehrenfest, Marc Quirynen
Chronic wounds (VLU: venous leg ulcer, DFU: diabetic foot ulcer, PU: pressure ulcer, or complex wounds) affect a significant proportion of the population. Despite appropriate standard wound care, such ulcers unfortunately may remain open for months or even years. The use of leukocyte- and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF) to cure skin ulcers is a simple and inexpensive method, widely used in some countries but unknown or neglected in most others. This auto-controlled prospective cohort study explored and quantified accurately for the first time the adjunctive benefits of topical applications of L-PRF in the management of such refractory ulcers in a diverse group of patients...
July 20, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718238/bacteriology-of-diabetic-foot-in-tertiary-care-hospital-frequency-antibiotic-susceptibility-and-risk-factors
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Syeda Sadia Amjad, Jamal Zafar, Nadia Shams
BACKGROUND: Diabetic foot being one of the frequent and disabling complications of diabetes. In view of widespread regional variation in causative organisms and antimicrobial susceptibility, the current study aimed to determine frequency of causative organisms, their antimicrobial susceptibility and associated risk factors. METHODS: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in 6 months' duration at dept. of Medicine; PIMS Hospital Islamabad. Type 2 Diabetes mellitus patients with diabetic foot ulcer were enrolled after informed consent...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709874/analysis-of-hospital-readmissions-after-prosthetic-urologic-surgery-in-the-united-states-nationally-representative-estimates-of-causes-costs-and-predictive-factors
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Filippo Pederzoli, Meera R Chappidi, Sarah Collica, Max Kates, Gregory A Joice, Nikolai A Sopko, Francesco Montorsi, Andrea Salonia, Trinity J Bivalacqua
BACKGROUND: The surgical treatment of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction by prosthetic devices has become part of urologic practice, although sparse data exist at a national level on readmissions and hospital costs. AIM: To assess causes and costs of early (≤30 days) and late (31-90 days) readmissions after implantation of penile prostheses (PPs), artificial urinary sphincters (AUSs), or PP + AUS. METHODS: Using the 2013 and 2014 US Nationwide Readmission Databases, sociodemographic characteristics, hospital costs, and causes of readmission were compared among PP, AUS and AUS + PP surgeries...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696493/total-contact-cast-system-to-heal-diabetic-foot-ulcers
#5
Brock Liden
Off-loadinga diabetic foot ulcer is a cornerstone of quality wound care for diabetic patients to allow cellular growth in the wound bed. While total contact casts (TCC) have been described as the gold standard for off-loading the wound, the complexity of application and the time commitment for both application and drying have discouraged health professionals from using them. This retrospective case series, conducted in a podiatric practice, evaluated using a TCC system that helps address the three components in which guidelines should be addressed when caring for a diabetic foot: V - vascular management, I - infection management and prevention, and P - pressure relief...
July 11, 2017: Surgical Technology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682855/management-of-a-complex-peristomal-calciphylaxis-a-case-study
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Mary Famorca, Debra Beauchaine, Nancy Angulo
BACKGROUND: Calciphylaxis, also referred to as calcific uremic arteriolopathy, is a rare and serious syndrome of small blood vessels with a high mortality rate. Calciphylaxis lesions require intensive wound management with medical interventions for the patient to survive the sequelae of sepsis and present unique challenges when found in the peristomal skin. CASE: A 33-year-old man presented with multiple malodorous stage 4 pressure injuries of his sacrococcygeal and gluteal area...
July 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665245/prophylactic-use-of-intraoperative-vancomycin-powder-and-postoperative-infection-an-analysis-of-microbiological-patterns-in-1200-consecutive-surgical-cases
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Owoicho Adogwa, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Amanda Sergesketter, Victoria D Vuong, Ankit I Mehta, Raul A Vasquez, Joseph Cheng, Carlos A Bagley, Isaac O Karikari
OBJECTIVE Wound infections following spinal surgery for deformity place a high toll on patients, providers, and the health care system. The prophylactic application of intraoperative vancomycin powder has been shown to lower the infection risk after thoracolumbar decompression and fusion for deformity correction. The purpose of this study was to assess the microbiological patterns of postoperative surgical site infections (SSIs) after prophylactic use of vancomycin powder in adult patients undergoing spinal deformity surgery...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654593/population-health-implications-of-medical-tourism
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Kian Adabi, Carrie S Stern, Katie E Weichman, Evan S Garfein, Aravind Pothula, Lawrence Draper, Oren M Tepper
BACKGROUND: Fifteen million U.S. patients each year seek medical care abroad; however, there are no data on outcomes and follow-up of these procedures. This study aims to identify, evaluate, and survey patients presenting with complications from aesthetic procedures abroad and estimate their cost to the U.S. health care system. METHODS: A single-center retrospective review was conducted. A cohort of patients presenting with complications from aesthetic procedures performed abroad was generated...
July 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650752/characteristics-predicting-the-outcome-in-individuals-with-diabetic-foot-ulcerations
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Lourdes Vella, Cynthia Formosa
BACKGROUND: We sought to determine patient and ulcer characteristics that predict wound healing in patients living with diabetes. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted on 99 patients presenting with diabetic foot ulceration. Patient and ulcer characteristics were recorded. Patients were followed up for a maximum of 1 year. RESULTS: After 1 year of follow-up, ulcer characteristics were more predictive of ulcer healing than were patient characteristics...
May 2017: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645493/sprayable-carbopol-hydrogel-with-soluble-beta-1-3-1-6-glucan-as-an-active-ingredient-for-wound-healing-development-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Jostein Grip, Rolf Einar Engstad, Ingrid Skjæveland, Nataša Škalko-Basnet, Ann Mari Holsæter
Chronic wounds represent a significant health problem worldwide. There is a need for advanced- and cost-efficient wound healing products able to increase patient comfort and reduce the healing time. The aim of this study was to develop a sprayable hydrogel dressing with beta-glucan (βG) as the active ingredient, targeting future application in the treatment of both chronic and burn wounds. The βG was chosen as an active ingredient because of its promising wound healing capabilities, whereas Carbopol 971P NF (Carbopol) was chosen as the thickening agent in the formulation due to several attractive characteristics such as its low viscosity, low toxicity, high transparency and good ion tolerance...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635062/mobile-phone-text-messaging-to-improve-knowledge-and-practice-of-diabetic-foot-care-in-a-developing-country-feasibility-and-outcomes
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Zeinab M Hassan
PURPOSE: To test the feasibility and effectiveness of using mobile phone text messaging to reinforce learning and the practice of diabetic foot care in a developing country. METHODS: Ongoing learning reinforcement (2-3 times weekly) by text messaging followed an informal class on diabetic foot care in a community clinic setting. Subjects with cell phone access and no history of diabetic foot wounds or current wounds were recruited for participation (N = 225). Foot examinations and pretesting by survey occurred just before patients departed the clinic; the posttest survey and a final foot examination occurred 12 weeks later...
June 2017: International Journal of Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618043/nurses-knowledge-on-diabetic-foot-ulcer-disease-and-their-attitudes-towards-patients-affected-a-cross-sectional-institution-based-study
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Sriyani A Kumarasinghe, Priyadarshika Hettiarachchi, Sudharshani Wasalathanthri
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To assess nurses' knowledge on diabetic ulcer disease and their attitudes towards patients suffering from it and to identify factors which influence them. BACKGROUND: Diabetic wound care is an evolving specialty with the rising prevalence of diabetes foot complications. As nurses play a key role in wound care, their knowledge and attitudes are important in providing optimum care to patients. DESIGN: Descriptive cross sectional survey design...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616361/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-side-effects-defined-and-quantified
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REVIEW
Marvin Heyboer, Deepali Sharma, William Santiago, Norman McCulloch
Significance: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an important advanced therapy in the treatment of problem wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers and late effect radiation injury. HBOT remains among the safest therapies used today. Nonetheless, there are side effects associated with HBOT. It is important for providers to be able to identify, understand, and quantify these side effects for prevention, management, and informed consent. Recent Advances: The past two decades have seen significant advancements in our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of HBOT...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606191/no-calm-after-the-storm-a-systematic-review-of-human-health-following-flood-and-storm-disasters
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Dell D Saulnier, Kim Brolin Ribacke, Johan von Schreeb
Introduction How the burden of disease varies during different phases after floods and after storms is essential in order to guide a medical response, but it has not been well-described. The objective of this review was to elucidate the health problems following flood and storm disasters. METHODS: A literature search of the databases Medline (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA); Cinahl (EBSCO Information Services; Ipswich, Massachusetts USA); Global Health (EBSCO Information Services; Ipswich, Massachusetts USA); Web of Science Core Collection (Thomson Reuters; New York, New York USA); Embase (Elsevier; Amsterdam, Netherlands); and PubMed (National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA) was conducted in June 2015 for English-language research articles on morbidity or mortality and flood or storm disasters...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602903/major-lower-limb-amputation-outcomes-are-improving
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David A Kelly, Stephanie Pedersen, Patrik Tosenovsky, Kishore Sieunarine
INTRODUCTION: Outcomes following major lower limb amputation (MLLA) between 2000 and 2002 from the department of vascular surgery at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) have been published; mean postoperative length of stay 20 days, inpatient complication rate 54% and 30-day mortality 10%. The last decade has seen increasing endovascular revascularization techniques, increased focus on MLLA patients and general improvements in the model of care. The aim of this study is to compare outcomes between 2000-2002 and 2010-2012...
June 7, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601329/predictors-of-readmission-in-nonagenarians-analysis-of-the-american-college-of-surgeons-national-surgical-quality-improvement-project-dataset
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Zachary Hothem, Dustin Baker, Christina S Jenkins, Jason Douglas, Rose E Callahan, Catherine C Shuell, Graham W Long, Robert J Welsh
BACKGROUND: Increased longevity has led to more nonagenarians undergoing elective surgery. Development of predictive models for hospital readmission may identify patients who benefit from preoperative optimization and postoperative transition of care intervention. Our goal was to identify significant predictors of 30-d readmission in nonagenarians undergoing elective surgery. METHODS: Nonagenarians undergoing elective surgery from January 2011 to December 2012 were identified using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project participant use data files...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594320/silver-containing-foam-dressings-with-safetac-a-review-of-the-scientific-and-clinical-data
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Phil Davies, Sara McCarty, Kristina Hamberg
Background Topical antimicrobials, such as silver dressings, are progressively being used alongside systemic antibiotics to provide adjunctive, antimicrobial therapy to wounds that are clinically infected or at risk of infection. To help improve wound management, dressings that use Safetac soft silicone technology in combination with a silver-impregnated foam dressing material were developed by Mölnlycke Health Care (Gothenburg, Sweden). The range comprises Mepilex Ag, Mepilex Border Ag and Mepilex Transfer Ag...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584373/prospective-analysis-of-skin-findings-in-surgical-critically-ill-patients-intensive-care-unit
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Suzan Demir Pektas, Arzu Kahveci Demir
BACKGROUND: Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are places where critically ill patients are managed. AIM: We aimed to investigate skin disorders that developed in critically ill surgical patients during their stay in the ICU. METHODS: The prevalence of dermatological disorders and factors affecting their clinical features was prospectively analyzed in surgical ICU patients. We recorded age, sex, type of ICU, comorbidities, skin disorders, time to consultation, duration of ICU stay, and mortality rate...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581122/the-application-of-wireless-near-infrared-spectroscopy-on-detecting-peripheral-circulation-in-patients-with-diabetes-foot-ulcer-when-doing-buerger-s-exercise
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Min-Ling Chen, Bor-Shyh Lin, Cheng-Wei Su, Yen-Bin Lin, Mei-Yen Chen, Jen-Hsiang Shen, Chang-Cheng Chang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The majority of patients with diabetes foot ulcer have peripheral arterial disease. The technique of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) used to monitor the dorsal foot blood circulation condition is by measuring the absorption differences between oxy-hemoglobin and deoxy-hemoglobin. STUDY DESIGNS/MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) treated in our wound care center were divided into two sub-groups based on the Duplex ultrasound or angiography...
June 5, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576257/management-of-the-chronic-burn-wound
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REVIEW
Stephen Tyler Elkins-Williams, William A Marston, Charles Scott Hultman
This article reviews the current evidence in using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in burn wounds. There is also separate consideration of diabetic foot burns and a protocol for use of HBOT in a specific case. The challenges of using HBOT in an acute burn care setting are reviewed. Next the pathophysiology of Marjolin ulcers is reviewed. The current thinking in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Marjolin ulcers is discussed. Finally, a background in using topical growth factors (tGF) is provided, followed by a summary of the current evidence of tGF in burn wounds...
July 2017: Clinics in Plastic Surgery
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