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Jackie Stephen-Haynes, Louise Toner, Steve Jeffrey
This article reports on a product evaluation of KytoCel, an absorbent wound dressing used in the treatment of 30 wounds treated in community care and 10 split-thickness skin-graft donor sites treated in acute care. Within the community-treated cohort, unspecified leg wounds were the most common wound type (n=6) with the mean wound area of the 30 wounds being 17.6 cm2 (standard deviation (SD) 31.7) and mean volume being 8.4 cm3 (SD 21.4). Most community treated wounds (27/30; 90%) were reported to have moderate to high levels of wound exudate with the majority (n=19) either healed or improved during treatment...
March 22, 2018: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Hatice Pars, Hicran Çavuşoğlu
OBJECTIVE: There are a limited number of studies examining the effects of products used in stoma care. This study compares the effects of 3 different methods of care on the peristomal skin integrity of children with percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tubes. METHODS: In this randomized controlled study, 60 children were allocated to the 3 study groups (group 1: hydrogel, group 2: soap and water, group 3: saline solution). Dressings were changed daily for all groups during the first week, then weekly for group 1 and daily for groups 2 and 3...
April 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Charles Handford, F Reeves, P Parker
In order to continue to deliver outstanding medical care on the battlefield, the UK Defence Medical Services must continue to adapt, overcome and actively embrace change. One potential area is the rapid proliferation and sophistication of automated and remote systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). UAVs are already used to deliver blood to remote military locations in Afghanistan and defibrillators to those that need them in the USA and Sweden. An area of future opportunity would be to facilitate rapid evacuation of wounded personnel from high intensity, high threat, remote and austere areas directly to specialist care...
March 9, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Daniel Kim, William Namen Ii, January Moore, Mauricia Buchanan, Valerie Hayes, Matthew F Myntti, Albert Hakaim
OBJECTIVE: The authors study the use of a biofilm-disrupting wound gel designed for wound management to determine if disrupting chronic wound biofilm would be therapeutically efficacious. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective, randomized, open-label clinical trial was performed from September 2014 through March 2016. Forty-three patients (22 experimental, 21 control) with chronic, recalcitrant wounds were randomized to a 12-week treatment with a biofilm-disrupting wound gel (experimental) or a broad-spectrum antimicrobial ointment (control)...
January 26, 2018: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
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
Stefan Walzer, Daniel Dröschel, Lutz Vollmer, Leanne Atkin, Karen Ousey
OBJECTIVE: Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) cause significant pain and suffering for patients. Additionally, they place considerable financial and service burden on the National Health Service (NHS). A large proportion of VLUs do not heal within the standard time frame of 16-24 weeks, resulting in static wounds which commonly have issues with increasing exudate production. As the NHS continues to face times of austerity, services need to find solutions to be able to reduce costs and release nursing time while maintaining standards of care...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
Philipp Jansen, Ingo Stoffels, Joachim Klode, Finja Jockenhöfer, Matthias Augustin, Dirk Schadendorf, Joachim Dissemond
The surgical removal of split skin grafts (SSGs) leads to superficial wounds that can be covered with different wound dressings. Currently, international guidelines that recommend a standard treatment of the donor sites are not yet established. We developed a questionnaire to evaluate the treatment of SSG donor sites and sent it to all dermatological departments in Germany. Altogether 78 of the 115 contacted departments in Germany participated in our cross-sectional trial. Our analysis reveals that multiple wound dressings with different frequencies of replacement are used...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Nadine A Pringle, Trevor C Koekemoer, Andrea Holzer, Carly Young, Luanne Venables, Maryna van de Venter
The process of wound healing constitutes an ordered sequence of events that provides numerous opportunities for therapeutic intervention to improve wound repair. Rooibos, Aspalathus linearis , is a popular ingredient in skin care products, however, little scientific data exists exploring its therapeutic potential. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of fermented and aspalathin-enriched green rooibos in various in vitro models representative of dermal wound healing. Treatment of RAW 264.7 macrophages with fermented rooibos resulted in increased nitric oxide production as well as increased levels of cellular inducible nitric oxide synthase and cyclooxygenase-2, which are typical markers for classically activated macrophages...
February 28, 2018: Planta Medica
Leonard Christopher Schmeel, David Koch, Sabina Stumpf, Christina Leitzen, Birgit Simon, Heinrich Schüller, Susanne Vornholt, Felix Schoroth, Thomas Müdder, Fred Röhner, Stephan Garbe, Frederic Carsten Schmeel, Hans Heinz Schild, Timo Martin Wilhelm-Buchstab
PURPOSE: Radiation-induced skin injury represents one of the most common side effects in breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant whole-breast radiotherapy. Numerous systemic and topical treatments have been studied in the prevention and management of radiation-induced skin injury without providing sustainable treatment strategies. While superficial barrier-forming skin products such as dressings are the standard of care in wound care management, their utilization as preventive treatment approach in radiotherapy has barely attracted attention...
February 20, 2018: Acta Oncologica
Suzanne M Mithieux, Behnaz Aghaei-Ghareh-Bolagh, Leping Yan, Kekini V Kuppan, Yiwei Wang, Francia Garces-Suarez, Zhe Li, Peter K Maitz, Elizabeth A Carter, Christina Limantoro, Wojciech Chrzanowski, David Cookson, Alan Riboldi-Tunnicliffe, Clair Baldock, Kosuke Ohgo, Kristin K Kumashiro, Glenn Edwards, Anthony S Weiss
A novel, pure, synthetic material is presented that promotes the repair of full-thickness skin wounds. The active component is tropoelastin and leverages its ability to promote new blood vessel formation and its cell recruiting properties to accelerate wound repair. Key to the technology is the use of a novel heat-based, stabilized form of human tropoelastin which allows for tunable resorption. This implantable material contributes a tailored insert that can be shaped to the wound bed, where it hydrates to form a conformable protein hydrogel...
February 16, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Gregory S Schultz, Kevin Woo, Dot Weir, Qingping Yang
OBJECTIVE: Removal of slough and other devitalised tissue is an important step in biofilm-based wound care (BBWC) and wound bed preparation. Debridement is key to management of both slough and biofilm, and a number of methods are available to achieve this, including surgical/sharp and mechanical debridement. Developments have led to products indicated for debridement of wounds, including a sterile pad consisting of monofilament fibres. Our aim is to examine the effectiveness of a monofilament wound debridement pad (WDP), Debrisoft...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
Tatiana V Boyko, Michael T Longaker, George P Yang
Significance: The incidence of pressure ulcers is increasing due to our aging population and the increase in the elderly living with disability. Learning how to manage pressure ulcers appropriately is increasingly important for all professionals in wound care. Recent Advances: Many new dressings and treatment modalities have been developed over the recent years and the goal of this review is to highlight their benefits and drawbacks to help providers choose their tools appropriately. Critical Issues: Despite an increased number of therapies available on the market, none has demonstrated any clear benefit over the others and pressure ulcer treatment remains frustrating and time-consuming...
February 1, 2018: Advances in Wound Care
Ferne T Elsass
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric patients develop mucositis when receiving treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation; the most common and sensitive is oral mucositis. Mouth rinses containing antimicrobial, antihistamine, and analgesic medications are the mainstay for pediatric patients; however, patients often refuse these rinses due to the taste or texture. Also, patients under 1 year of age are unable to use these products. OBJECTIVE: Herein, the improvement of oral mucositis with standard oral care and additional use of active Leptospermum honey in pediatric oncology patients after chemotherapy is demonstrated...
December 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Penelope J Kallis, Adam J Friedman, Hadar Lev-Tov
<p>Wounds that exhibit delayed healing have a tremendous impact on health care expenditures and place patients at serious risk for severe complications including death. The healing of a chronic wound requires the restoration of multiple factors that normally work in concert to repair the damaged skin barrier. Skin substitutes have shown great promise for use as adjunctive therapies for refractory wounds by providing cells, soluble mediators, and extracellular matrix materials needed to stimulate healing...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Eric L Johnson, Elisabet K Tassis, Georgina M Michael, Susan G Whittinghill
RATIONALE: Occupational burn injuries can be detrimental and difficult to manage. The majority of complex cases are referred and managed at regional burn centers where access to specialized care is available. As an alternative to hospitalization with staged surgical procedures, placental products may be used for outpatient medical management of these common burn injuries, especially if access to a regional burn center is limited or restricted.Fresh amnion has been a treatment of choice in burns for more than 100 years...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
E Ali, M Raghuvanshi
OBJECTIVE: Open upper limb injuries requiring soft reconstruction can pose a dilemma for trauma surgeons when considering the treatment options. The British Orthopaedic Association and British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons Standard for Trauma (BOAST) have addressed the management of severe open lower limb fractures with the creation of the BOAST 4 guidelines. However, no such gold standard exists for the treatment of open injuries of the upper limb. Furthermore, treatment of these injuries is often more difficult and requires complicated strategies...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
Asfandyar Mufti, Ranjani Somayaji, Patricia Coutts, R Gary Sibbald
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of wound infection can be challenging because it relies on a combination of clinical signs and symptoms that are often nonspecific. Increased periwound cutaneous temperature is a classic sign of deep and surrounding wound infection, and its quantitative measurement is one of the most reliable and valid clinical signs of deep and surrounding skin infection at the bedside. Skin surface temperature differences may be detected using commercially available noncontact infrared thermometers...
January 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Dan Li, Shi-Bin Lin, Biao Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Laser skin resurfacing (LSR) has been used for facial rejuvenation for the last 20 years. Posttreatment care after LSR is essential to decrease the risk of complications. Currently, no unified standards or criteria exist for invasive LSR posttreatment care. We aimed to identify the optimal wound care timing and choice of specific local, systemic, and general medical measures required to decrease complications. METHODS: We performed a systematic search of the PubMed/MEDLINE electronic databases and included only articles written and published in the English language, with no restrictions on the publication time (year)...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Elton Mathias, Madhu Srinivas Murthy
Burn injuries are a devastating critical care problem. In children, burns continue to be a major epidemiologic problem around the globe resulting in significant morbidity and death. Apparently, treating these burn injuries in children and adults remains similar, but there are significant physiological and psychological differences. The dermal layer of the skin is generally thinner in neonates, infants, and children than in adults. Enhanced evaporative loss and need for isotonic fluids increases the risk of hypothermia in the pediatric population...
December 11, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
Chetan Pasrija, Aakash Shah, Elliot Sultanik, Michael Rouse, Mehrdad Ghoreishi, Gregory J Bittle, Francesca Boulos, Bartley P Griffith, Zachary N Kon
OBJECTIVE: Surgical pulmonary embolectomy has gained increasing popularity over the past decade with multiple series reporting excellent outcomes in the treatment of submassive pulmonary embolism. However, a significant barrier to the broader adoption of surgical pulmonary embolectomy remains the large incision and long recovery after a full sternotomy. We report the safety and efficacy of using a minimally invasive approach to surgical pulmonary embolectomy. METHODS: All consecutive patients undergoing surgical pulmonary embolectomy for a submassive pulmonary embolism (2015-2017) were reviewed...
November 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
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