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Current Insights On Growth Factor Therapy

By Patris A. Toney, DPM, MPH, and Vickie R. Driver, DPM, MS | 4430 reads | 0 comments

The future of growth factor therapy in wound care is advancing rapidly. There is also increasing evidence in the literature to support the efficacy of growth factors in wounds, particularly chronic wounds, and how they can help facilitate desired healing outcomes. With advances in research over the past decades, physicians and researchers have teamed together to isolate and identify the disruption(s) in the sequence of wound healing that lead to chronic wounds.

Upon a closer examination of the phases of wound healing on the cellular level, it is clear that cytokines, particularly g



Continuing Education »

A Guide To Current Concepts In Skin Grafting

By Tod Storm, DPM | 9979 reads | 0 comments
Continuing Education Course #157
October 2007

I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “A Guide To Current Concepts In Skin Grafting,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), consists


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Inside Secrets For Maximizing Reimbursement

By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CMP, and Hope Rachel Hetico, RN, MHA, CMP | 7073 reads | 0 comments

When one speaks of maximizing medical practice reimbursement, most physicians immediately think of the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) or coding-oriented consultants. However, bolstering reimbursement involves more than just using the newest Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) codes, parsing old codes or even becoming a CPT coding expert.

It is the entire economic compliance ecosystem that surrounds the office cash flow and revenue recognition cycle. This cycle is defined as the process that serves patients, accounts for receivables and collects those receivables from



News and Trends »

Do Trauma Patients With Diabetes Face Higher Complication Rates?

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 3960 reads | 0 comments

Patients with diabetes face a higher risk of complications in a number of areas. A large study recently published in the Archives of Surgery notes that those with diabetes also face more complications from trauma surgery.

From 1984 to 2002, researchers examined 12,489 patients with diabetes, matching their ages, sex and injury severity with 12,489 non-diabetic patients from 27 Pennsylvania trauma centers. The study concluded that patients with diabetes spent more time in the intensive care unit and received ventilator support for a longer period of time. Twenty-three perc



Diabetes Watch »

Can Daptomycin Have An Impact With Skin And Skin Structure Infections?

By Gerard Guerin, DPM, CWS | 8737 reads | 0 comments

Podiatrists commonly encounter and treat skin and skin-structure infections (SSSIs), ranging from cellulitis to more complicated surgical site infections and infected diabetic foot ulcers. Aerobic gram-positive cocci, such as Staphylococcus aureus and streptococci, are the most common causative agents of skin infections.1

While the treatment of simple and superficial infections is relatively straightforward with brief courses of oral antibiotics, many skin infections of the foot are complicated by diabetes.1,2 Foot ulceration, usually secondary to peripheral n



Dermatology Diagnosis »

Treating A Pigmented, Slightly Pruritic Nodule

By G. “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS | 9279 reads | 0 comments

A 37-year-old Caucasian male presents with a chief complaint of a nodular growth on the left calf. He first noticed the bump about two months ago but says he did not think too much about it until recently. At that time, he noticed it was causing mild discomfort when he touched it but the growth was only slightly pruritic. The lesion did not appear to be infected and it did not drain or bleed at any time. He says he checked the rest of his body for any similar looking lesions and found none. Otherwise, he has no other complaints or concerns.

The patient has not changed his diet or



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