Volume 16 - Issue 1 - January 2003

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Reinventing The Wheel After The Computer Crashes

By John McCord, DPM | 2503 reads | 0 comments

There’s an old Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” The past four months have been very interesting in the business segment of my practice. Curse is a good description of my situation. I returned from a short vacation the first week of July. My office manager said, “I’ve got some bad news. You better sit down.”
I immediately feared something had happened to one of my patients. To my relief, it was only my computer. It had crashed big time.
Amy explained the screen showed an error message when she logged on the previous day. She looked up a patient file. T



Diabetes Watch »

Treatment Options For Diabetic Foot Infections

By Jeanine L. Jones, DPM | 10243 reads | 0 comments

A recently released study by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the number of diagnosed cases of diabetes rose by a third (from 4.9 to 6.5 percent) between 1990-1998. This percentage will increase to 9 by 2025. The breakdown of cases by age was particularly alarming. The incidence of diabetes increased 40 percent over a period of eight years for people 40 and over. It increased 70 percent for people 30 and over.
This is of serious concern when you consider the resulting complications that may be prevalent earlier in life and the exuberant medical care costs th



New Products »

A FREE-ing Change

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Is it possible to foster improved wound healing as patients return to work?
KCI has attempted to answer that question in the affirmative with its VACFreedom, the latest model of the successful Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) device. Recently showcased at the National Association of Home Care 21st Annual Meeting and HOMECARE Expo in Salt Lake City, the V.A.CFreedom system offers improved portability and ease of use for patients, according to KCI.

The system provides a large 300ml canister that facilitates fewer dressing changes and a TRAC (Therapeutic Regulated Accurate Care) Pad that maximiz



News and Trends »

How Effective Is Honey In Treating Resistant Wounds?

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 4400 reads | 0 comments

Can the ancient remedy of honey make an impact in treating wounds that are resistant to traditional antibiotics? Two articles, published recently in Ostomy Wound Management and in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, suggest honey may show some promise in wound healing.
The Journal of Applied Microbiology study involved 18 strains of MRSA and seven strains of vancomycin-sensitive enterococci (VSE), which were isolated from infected wounds. Researchers established their sensitivity to two natural honeys of median levels of antibacterial activity and compared that with an



Surgical Pearls »

A New Approach For Correcting Hammertoe Deformities

By Gerald W. Paul, DPM | 12741 reads | 0 comments

The advantages of lesser proximal interphalangeal joint arthrodesis in hammertoe surgery are numerous and well known. Arthrodesis is indicated in patients who have compromised intrinsic muscle function and are lacking both digital and metatarsophalangeal joint stability. Indeed, digital arthrodesis has always been an excellent procedure to consider if you fear reoccurrence of the hammertoe deformity due to biomechanical factors.
Through the years, surgeons have employed several methods and devices to facilitate fusion across the lesser proximal interphalangeal joints (PIPJ) for stable hammer



Technology In Practice »

Why The PressureStat Is A Diagnostic Educator

By Gina DiGironimo, Production Editor | 4548 reads | 0 comments

Proper diagnosis and treatment of foot ulcerations is essential to preventing lower extremity amputations. With this in mind, Footlogic offers its PressureStat device. An alternative to the traditional optical pedobarograph, the PressureStat gives you a quick and effective way to identify plantar pressure abnormalities associated with diabetes. A 1999 study in Diabetic Medicine showed that the PressureStat performed well in correctly identifying all high pressure areas in patients versus other pressure data techniques in assessing and preventing diabetic foot ulcers.1
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