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Pressure Ulcers

Daniel Pollack
A 55-year-old man with poliomyelitis presented with a plantarflexed foot and painful ulceration of the sub-first metatarsophalangeal joint present for many years. A two-stage procedure was performed to bring the foot to 90°, perpendicular to the leg, and resolve the ulceration. The first stage corrected only soft-tissue components. It involved using a hydrosurgery system to debride and prepare the ulcer, a unilobed rotational skin plasty to close the ulcer, and a tendo Achillis lengthening to decrease forefoot pressure...
January 2018: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Zhen Li, Xinmei Zhou, Jing Cao, Zheng Li, Xia Wan, Jiaqian Li, Jing Jiao, Ge Liu, Ying Liu, Fangfang Li, Baoyun Song, Jingfen Jin, Liu Yilan, Xianxiu Wen, Shouzhen Cheng, Xinjuan Wu
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To gain insight into nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding major immobility complications (pressure ulcers, pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis and urinary tract infections) and explore the correlation of nurses' knowledge and attitudes with the incidence of these complications. BACKGROUND: Immobility complications have adverse consequences, and effective management requires appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills. Evidence about nurses' knowledge and attitudes regarding immobility complications is lacking...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Modupeola Omotara Samaila, Halima Oziohu Aliyu, Lazarus Mungu Yusufu, Shehu Abdullahi
Pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia (PASH) is an uncommon benign mesenchymal tumor of the breast. Majority occur as diffuse lesions, and diagnosis is often incidental or in a background of other breast pathologies. Bilaterality with multiple tumoral masses in giant breasts is a rarity. We report a 34-year-old nonlactating female with 2-year history of rapid progressive painless bilateral enlargement of the breasts following surgical excision of ill-defined breast lumps which were not subjected to histopathological evaluation a year earlier...
April 2018: Annals of African Medicine
Fadilah S Abdul Wahid, Nor Azimah Ismail, Wan Fariza Wan Jamaluddin, Nor Asiah Muhamad, Mohamad Mohamad Azim Mohamad Idris, Nai Ming Lai
BACKGROUND: Revascularisation therapy is the curent gold standard of care for critical limb ischaemia (CLI), although a significant proportion of patients with CLI either are not fit for or do not respond well to this procedure. Recently, novel angiogeneic therapies such as the use of autologous cell-based therapy (CBT) have been examined, but the results of individual trials were inconsistent. OBJECTIVE: To pool all published studies that compared the safety and efficacy of autologous CBT derived from different sources and phenotypes with non cell-based therapy (NCT) in CLI patients...
March 13, 2018: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Kevin Woo
Maintaining skin integrity is espoused by several international authorities as a benchmark for patient safety and quality of care. National guidelines advocate the use of prophylactic multi-layer foam dressings over bony prominences for the prevention of pressure ulcers or injuries. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the implementation of best practice guidelines including the use of multi-layer foam dressings for the prevention of pressure injuries. The analysis involved data from a total number of 62 unique patients...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Martine Barateau, Yvonne Gautier
The occurrence of a pressure ulcer can be considered as an avoidable adverse event. Its consequences are not only very harmful for the patient, but also in terms of the costs induced and for the nursing teams faced with the failure of the prevention treatment. For these reasons, nurses, nurse assistants and the multidisciplinary team must work together around a pressure ulcer prevention strategy.
March 2018: Revue de L'infirmière
Marek Kawecki, Jarosław Pasek, Grzegorz Cieślar, Aleksander Sieroń, Grzegorz Knefel, Mariusz Nowak, Justyna Glik
BACKGROUND: Diabetic foot ulcer is one of the major complications of diabetes mellitus in adults. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to conduct a planimetry evaluation of the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in the treatment of patients with vascular disorders caused by diabetic foot. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 94 patients, 30 females (32%) and 64 males (68%), aged 33-76 years, with diabetes lasting 1.5-32 years, who underwent HBOT due to diabetic foot...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Daniel Podd
Pressure injuries (previously called pressure ulcers) are a common finding among patients in acute, long-term, or home settings. Numerous pathophysiologic and risk mechanisms factor into the development of pressure injuries. The timely recognition of these injuries is imperative. Many treatments exist for pressure injuries but the focus of patient management should be on preventing injury-related complications.
March 6, 2018: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Kerri Elsabrout, Eleanor Orbacz, Leigh Anne McMahon, Susan Apold
BACKGROUND: Identifying strategies to protect patients most at risk for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) is essential. HAPUs have significant impact on patients and their families and have profound cost and reimbursement implications. AIMS: This article describes the successful implementation of a hospital-wide mattress switch-out program using a Multidisciplinary Task Force, which resulted in a decrease in HAPUs and significant cost savings. RESULTS: As a result of this quality improvement project supported by evidence, the hospital realized a 66...
March 8, 2018: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
Jawad Chishtie, Farrukh Chishtie, Karen Yoshida, Robert Balogh
BACKGROUND: The 2005 South Asian earthquake led to large-scale injuries and disabilities in northern Pakistan, which were dealt with using various approaches. In this regard, a community-based rehabilitation approach was initiated in the Muzaffarabad district of Pakistan in early 2006, focused on preventing complications among persons with Spinal Cord Injury. This case study briefly describes its development, aims and service provision components, in addition to the distribution of injuries from the disaster...
March 7, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Yonglai Zhang, Rui Sha, Kaiguo Wang, Hao Li, Bo Yan, Naibao Zhou
Tetrahydropalmatine exerts numerous pharmacological activities, including analgesic and narcotic effects; anti-arrhythmic, blood pressure lowering and cardioprotective effects; protective effects against cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury; inhibition of platelet aggregation; prevention of ulcerative diseases and inhibition of gastric acid secretion; antitumor effects; and beneficial effects on the withdrawal symptoms associated with drug addiction. The present study aimed to investigate the protective effects of tetrahydropalmatine against ketamine‑induced learning and memory impairment in mice...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Chi Ching Goh, Maximilien Evrard, Shu Zhen Chong, Yingrou Tan, Leonard De Li Tan, Karen Wei Weng Teng, Wolfgang Weninger, David Laurence Becker, Hong Liang Tey, Evan William Newell, Bin Liu, Lai Guan Ng
Pressure ulcers are a chronic problem for patients or the elderly who require extended periods of bed rest. The formation of ulcers is due to repeated cycles of ischemia-reperfusion (IR), which initiates an inflammatory response. Advanced ulcers disrupt the skin barrier, resulting in further complications. To date, the immunological aspect of skin IR has been understudied, partly due to the complexity of the skin immune cells. Through a combination of mass cytometry, confocal imaging and intravital multiphoton imaging, this study establishes a workflow for multidimensionality single cell analysis of skin myeloid responses in the context of IR injury with high spatiotemporal resolution...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Immunology
Hideyuki Yanagi, Hiroto Terashi, Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Katsuyuki Okabe, Katsumi Tanaka, Chu Kimura, Norihiko Ohura, Takahiro Goto, Ichiro Hashimoto, Madoka Noguchi, Junichi Sasayama, Kenichi Shimada, Ayumi Sugai, Mitsuko Tanba, Takeo Nakayama, Ryoji Tsuboi, Junko Sugama, Hiromi Sanada
OBJECTIVE: To clarify the surgical indications and the appropriate perioperative management of ischial pressure ulcers (PUs). METHOD: A two-year prospective, nationwide registry study was carried out across 26 medical institutions in Japan. All participating institutions managed ischial PUs according to the standardisation of total management and surgical application for the refractory decubitus (STANDARDS-I) perioperative protocol. Analysis was conducted on a range of clinically or statistically important variables for the achievement of primary or secondary endpoints: complete wound healing and hospital discharge at three months, and complete wound healing at one month after surgery, respectively...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
Muhammad Asif Rasheed, Ali Kashif, Aneeqa Naz, Sikandar Ali
Toothbrush is a rare foreign body to be ingested accidentally. The unusual shape of the toothbrush with no theoretical possibility of spontaneous passage mandates an interventional approach. If left untreated, it can lead to pressure necrosis, bleeding, perforation and ulceration. An endoscopic attempt in an expert clinic if available is the ideal approach. If failed, surgical management by laparoscope or mini laparotomy should be done. The evaluation for underlying psychiatric disorders like bulimia, schizophrenia or generalized eating disorder should be considered to prevent such recurrence...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Brecht Serraes, Martin van Leen, Jos Schols, Ann Van Hecke, Sofie Verhaeghe, Dimitri Beeckman
The aims of this study were to identify, assess, and summarise available evidence about the effectiveness of static air mattress overlays to prevent pressure ulcers. The primary outcome was the incidence of pressure ulcers. Secondary outcomes included costs and patient comfort. This study was a systematic review. Six electronic databases were consulted: Cochrane Library, EMBASE, PubMed (Medline), CINAHL (EBSCOhost interface), Science direct, and Web of Science. In addition, a hand search through reviews, conference proceedings, and the reference lists of the included studies was performed to identify additional studies...
March 5, 2018: International Wound Journal
Raymond Cavaliere, Danielle M Mercado, Malary Mani
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) has been commonly reported by foot and ankle specialists. Marjolin's ulcer is a malignancy that involves a posttraumatic scar or ulceration that can develop into SCC from chronic neuropathic pedal wounds, venous stasis, or decubitus ulcerations. Most Marjolin's ulcers are found in the lower extremity, specifically the feet, and it is twice as common in females as males. Biopsy of the tumor is the reference standard to diagnose SCC, and wide excision of SCC is the most common treatment option...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Øyvind Heiberg Sundby, Ingebjørg Irgens, Lars Øivind Høiseth, Iacob Mathiesen, Eivind Lundgaard, Hanne Haugland, Harald Weedon-Fekjær, Jon O Sundhagen, Gunnar Sandbæk, Jonny Hisdal
STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, assessor-blinded crossover pilot study. OBJECTIVES: To explore the use of an intermittent negative pressure (INP) device for home use in addition to standard wound care (SWC) for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and chronic leg and foot ulcers before conducting a superiority trial. SETTING: Patient homes and outpatient clinic. METHODS: A 16-week crossover trial on 9 SCI patients (median age: 57 years, interquartile range [IQR] 52-66), with leg ulcers for 52 of weeks (IQR: 12-82) duration...
March 1, 2018: Spinal Cord
Peter Vowden, Kath Vowden
Recent health economic publications have highlighted the cost of wound care and demonstrated the important role played by community and practice nurses in delivering care. Leg ulcers form a significant proportion of the wounds managed in the community. Data indicates that many patients are managed with no specific diagnosis or without calculation of the ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI), despite care guidelines emphasising the importance of a full assessment including Doppler ABPI calculation in patient management...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Community Nursing
Abhishek Jairam, Ping Song, Nirav B Patel, Michael S Wong
BACKGROUND: The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel estimates pressure sore care to approach $11 billion annually. It is not uncommon for these patients to present to the emergency department (ED) with a chief concern of a pressure sore, while concurrently carrying an undiagnosed infectious process that is the culprit for the acute presentation, rather than the chronic pressure injury. We aim to identify patients who met systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria at ED presentation who were referred to plastic and reconstructive surgery for pressure sore debridement prior to a complete medical workup...
February 27, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Bjorn T Tam, Angus P Yu, Eric W Tam, Douglas A Monks, Xu P Wang, Xiao M Pei, Su P Koh, Thomas K Sin, Helen K W Law, Felix N Ugwu, Rashmi Supriya, Benjamin Y Yung, Shea P Yip, S C Wong, Lawrence W Chan, Christopher W Lai, Pin Ouyang, Parco M Siu
Pressure-induced injury (PI), such as a pressure ulcer, in patients with limited mobility is a healthcare issue worldwide. PI is an injury to skin and its underlying tissue such as skeletal muscle. Muscle compression, composed of mechanical deformation of muscle and external load, leads to localized ischemia and subsequent unloading reperfusion and, hence, a pressure ulcer in bed-bound patients. Although the gross factors involved in PI have been identified, little is known about the exact disease mechanism or its links to apoptosis, autophagy and inflammation...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
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