Volume 16 - Issue 7 - July 2003
Wound Care Q&A »
While there is not an overwhelming amount of literature on hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), the recent decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cover the use of HBO in treating diabetic foot wounds has fueled new discussions on the potential efficacy of the modality. With this in mind, our panelists discuss their experiences in using HBO, the current literature on the subject and reimbursement issues.
Q: What has been your experience in using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) to treat lower extremity wounds?
A: Leon Brill, DPM, says he has had a “very posi
Technology In Practice »
With the rate of diabetes cases skyrocketing and the number of lower-limb amputations also on the rise, a new insole may provide hope for those suffering the adverse effects of plantar ulcers. Used in conjunction with the company’s Active Off-Loading Walker (formerly known as the DH Walker), Woundcare Shoes or DH Pressure Relief Shoe, Royce Medical’s Active Off-Loading Insole has been deemed “the platinum solution for healing plantar ulcers.”
Hoping to alleviate some of the pain and trauma associated with treating plantar ulcers, the company set out to provide an “active environment
Yes, these authors say tissue replacements can facilitate shorter healing times and reduce the risk of complications from chronic wounds.
By Jason R. Hanft, DPM, Andre Williams, DPM, Constantine Kyramarios, DPM, and Kerry Temar, DPM, MS
The goals in treating diabetic foot ulcers are to obtain wound closure as quickly as possible, lower the probability of amputation and decrease recurrent ulcerations. Timely healing is important because the longer a diabetic foot ulcer remains unhealed, the greater the risk for infection, hospitalization and progression of the ulcer to require lim
The wound care industry has produced and marketed a flurry of new options for clinicians in a very short period of time. Indeed, some experts wonder whether this has created confusion among clinicians, further widening the gap between academic clinicians and those who are in everyday community or office settings.1 As Professor Terence Ryan pointed out, “There is a difference between the ‘gold standards’ of the elite and the logistics of providing care in the environments of those with limited access to expertise.”2
A February 2002 survey of podiatrists in the Un
Treating chronic lower extremity ulcerations successfully depends on how well one understands the complex and dynamic interaction of multiple factors that contribute to the slow or non-healing nature of these ulcerations. Wound bed preparation, which is essential to managing difficult ulcerations, involves exudate reduction, appropriate debridement and the reduction of the wound’s bioburden. Indeed, removing the local barriers to healing will prepare the wound bed to support the activities necessary for wound healing.
The process of wound bed preparation begins with the initial evaluatio
Editor's Perspective »
The avalanche of bad news is unrelenting. The medical malpractice crisis seems to be getting worse. In addition to the 18 states already declared as “crisis” states by the American Medical Association, physicians in another 26 states are facing escalating insurance premiums as well, according to a recent article in The New England Journal Of Medicine. Combine that with dwindling reimbursement for services and even the most dedicated physician would be hard-pressed for an optimistic view.
However, in the midst of all this depressing news, there is a very intriguing study that reaf