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Michael S Zhang, Jon C D Houtman
Glycerol monolaurate (GML) is a monoglyceride with well characterized anti-microbial properties. Because of these properties, GML is widely used in food, cosmetics, and personal care products and currently being tested as a therapeutic for menstrual associated toxic shock syndrome, superficial wound infections, and HIV transmission. Recently, we have described that GML potently suppresses select T cell receptor (TCR)-induced signaling events, leading to reduced human T cell effector functions. However, how soluble host factors present in the blood and at sites of infection affect GML-mediated human T cell suppression is unknown...
2016: PloS One
Hao Meng, Yuan Liu, Bruce P Lee
: Mussel adhesive moiety, catechol, has been utilized to design a wide variety of biomaterials. However, the biocompatibility and biological responses associated with the byproducts generated during the curing process of catechol has never been characterized. An in situ curable polymer model system, 4-armed polyethylene glycol polymer end-capped with dopamine (PEG-D4), was used to characterize the production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) during the oxidative crosslinking of catechol. Although PEG-D4 cured rapidly (under 30s), catechol continues to polymerize over several hours to form a more densely crosslinked network over time...
October 12, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Ching-Yan C Yeung, David F Holmes, Helen A Thomason, Christian Stephenson, Brian Derby, Matthew J Hardman
Pressure ulcers are complex wounds caused by pressure- and shear-induced trauma to skin and underlying tissues. Pressure-reducing devices, such as dressings, have been shown to successfully reduce pressure ulcer incidence, when used in adjunct to pressure ulcer preventative care. While pressure-reducing devices are available in a range of materials, with differing mechanical properties, understanding of how a material's mechanical properties will influence clinical efficacy remains limited. The aim of this study was to establish a standardised ex vivo model to allow comparison of the cell protection potential of two gel-like pressure-reducing devices with differing mechanical properties (elastic moduli of 77 kPa v 35 kPa)...
September 26, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Igal Kushnir, Alon Kushnir, Thomas E Serena, Doron Garfinkel
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a novel method using an autologous whole blood clot formed with the RedDress Wound Care System (RD1, RedDress Ltd, Israel), a provisional whole blood clot matrix used in the treatment of chronic wounds of various etiologies. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients were treated at the bedside with the whole blood clot matrix. Blood was withdrawn from each patient using citrate, mixed with a calcium gluconate/kaolin suspension, and injected into an RD1 clotting tray...
September 2016: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
R Strohal, B Assenheimer, M Augustin, G Hämmerle, S Läuchli, B Pundt, G Stern, M Storck, C Ulrich
BACKGROUND: The challenges of modern wound management, such as the treatment of chronic wounds and their phase-specific handling, are demanding and require optimally adapted therapeutic measures. The principles of moist wound care as well as an adequate debridement have priority here. To support these necessary measures, different options are available, e.g., a new product group operating across several wound phases. OBJECTIVE: A new treatment principle in modern wound management based on an expert consensus is presented...
September 28, 2016: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
Afsaneh Tehranian, Bahareh Esfehani-Mehr, Reihaneh Pirjani, Negar Rezaei, Somaye Sadat Heidary, Mahdi Sepidarkish
BACKGROUND: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a human plasma product enriched by platelets, growth factors, and fibrinogen with high hemostatic and healing properties. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of autologous PRP on wound healing in high-risk women undergoing cesarean sections. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this balanced, randomized, and controlled trial, 140 patients were admitted to Arash women's hospital, Tehran, Iran from May of 2013 to November of 2014 for elective cesarean surgery...
July 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
C Caleb Butts, Kelly Bose, M Amin Frotan, Juvonda Hodge, Salil Gulati
INTRODUCTION: One of the primary intraoperative challenges during burn surgery is to adequately excise the burn while avoiding massive hemorrhage. This has become increasingly important, as we see more burn patients that are older and with more medical comorbidities. While adequate excision down to healthy tissues for deep burns is essential for skin graft to take, it also leads to active bleeding that can be a challenge to control. Good hemostasis is imperative as a hematoma is the most common cause of graft loss...
September 19, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
I Lazareth
Leg ulcers are a chronic condition. Healing can be long for venous ulcers and the risk of complications is significant. Infection is the most severe complication and can occur in the form of easily diagnosed acute bacterial dermohypodermitis that generally responds well to antibiotic treatment if given at an appropriate dose or in the form of localized infection that is more difficult to diagnosis. Indeed, no consensus has been reached in the literature on the clinical criteria to retain for the diagnosis of localized infection...
September 2016: Journal des Maladies Vasculaires
Eunhee Lee, Jinhyun Kim
PURPOSE: In this study the costs and benefits of a home health care program were examined to evaluate the economic feasibility of the program. METHODS: The study participants included 349 patients in the community who had been registered at a home health care center for 5 years. The costs and benefits of the program were analyzed using performance data and health data. The benefits were classified as the effects of pressure ulcer care, skin wound care and catheters management...
August 2016: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
Media Esser
BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION TO CASE: Neonatal wound care is challenging due to the fragility and vulnerable skin structure. Neonates are often left susceptible to the forces of their environment, leaving them open to infection when skin injury occurs. Leptospermum honey has been used successfully in adult patients, with evidence lacking in the neonatal population. This case demonstrates the management of a difficult-to-heal wound in a 23-week gestation infant. PURPOSE: Selecting the proper treatment and products for wound healing is challenging, with little evidence-based research available for the treatment of neonatal wounds...
September 8, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
A Massimiliano D'Erme, M Iannone, V Dini, M Romanelli
OBJECTIVE: Contact allergies can occur frequently in patients with chronic leg ulcers (CLUs), even in those with a short duration of ulcerative disease. The wide spectrum of therapeutic products promotes development of the delayed type of hypersensitivity and continuous changes in the allergens pattern, which make the diagnosis and treatment extremely difficult in many cases. A prompt diagnosis and treatment of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in patients suffering from CLUs is very important for a best clinical outcome of these two common diseases...
September 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Usha Desai
Clinicians who treat patients with wounds need access to the resources that will enable them to deliver the best and most appropriate treatments. A partnership working initiative between Greenwich CCG Medicines management (commissioner), Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (provider) and ConvaTec (commercial partner) was set up to provide wound-care dressings and products to patients via the community services. It lead to improved access, greater patient benefits, a reduction in dressings waste, and an increase in clinical confidence to make cost-effective, evidence-based prescribing decisions...
September 2016: British Journal of Community Nursing
Brandon W Godfrey, Ashley Martin, Paul J Chestovich, Gordon H Lee, Nichole K Ingalls, Vilas Saldanha
INTRODUCTION: Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) are the primary wounding mechanism for casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom. Patients can sustain devastating traumatic amputations, which are unlike injuries seen in the civilian trauma sector. This is a database analysis of the largest patient registry of multiple traumatic amputations. METHODS: The Joint Theater Trauma Registry was queried for patients with a traumatic amputation from 2009 to 2012. Data obtained included the Injury Severity Score (ISS), Glasgow Coma Score (GCS), blood products, transfer from theatre, and complications including DVT, PE, infection (Acinetobacter and fungal), acute renal failure, and rhabdomyolysis...
August 17, 2016: Injury
A Gefen, J Kottner, N Santamaria
In this perspective paper, we discuss clinical and biomechanical viewpoints on pressure injury (or pressure ulcer) prevention research. We have selected to focus on the case of prophylactic dressings for pressure injury prevention, and the background of the historical context of pressure injury research, as an exemplar to illuminate some of the good and not so good in current biomechanical and clinical research in the wound prevention and care arena. Investigators who are conducting medical or clinical research in academia, in medical settings or in industry to determine the efficacy of wound prevention and care products could benefit from applying some basic principles that are detailed in this paper, and that should leverage the research outcomes, thereby contributing to setting higher standards in the field...
October 2016: Clinical Biomechanics
Mayer Tenenhaus, Hans-Oliver Rennekampff
BACKGROUND: Pure regenerative healing with little to no donor morbidity remains an elusive goal for both surgeon and patient. The ability to engineer and promote the development of like tissue holds so much promise, and efforts in this direction are slowly but steadily advancing. METHODS: Products selected and reviewed reflect historical precedence and importance and focus on current clinically available products in use. Emerging technologies we anticipate will further expand our therapeutic options are introduced...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Sarah Sorice, Kristine C Rustad, Alexander Y Li, Geoffrey C Gurtner
BACKGROUND: Chronic wounds present unique challenges for healthcare providers as they place patients at increased risk for various morbidities and mortality. Advances in wound care technology have expanded the treatment options available for wound management, but few products fully address the underlying core deficiencies responsible for the development of poorly healing wounds. In the future, addressing these derangements will undoubtedly play a key role in the treatment of these patients...
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
Chandan K Sen, Subhadip Ghatak, Surya C Gnyawali, Sashwati Roy, Gayle M Gordillo
BACKGROUND: Wound assessment relies on visual evaluation by physicians. Such assessment is largely subjective and presents the opportunity to explore the use of emergent technologies. METHODS: Emergent and powerful noninvasive imaging technologies applicable to assess burn and chronic wounds are reviewed. RESULTS: The need to estimate wound depth is critical in both chronic wound and burn injury settings. Harmonic ultrasound technology is powerful to study wound depth...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Laszlo Otvos
Anti-microbial peptides (AMPs) were originally thought to exert protecting actions against bacterial infection by disintegrating bacterial membranes. Upon identification of internal bacterial targets, the view changed and moved toward inhibition of prokaryote-specific biochemical processes. However, the level of none of these activities can explain the robust efficacy of some of these peptides in animal models of systemic and cutaneous infections. A rapidly growing panel of reports suggests that AMPs, now called host-defense peptides (HDPs), act through activating the immune system of the host...
August 19, 2016: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
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