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Taking Advantage Of ‘App’ Technology To Make Wound Care More Efficient

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD | 3,661 reads | 0 comments | 08/02/2011

For a number of years, we at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) have been discussing the philosophical similarities between what we have called “wound chemotherapy” — or the instillation of therapeutics into a wound by way of a negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device — and the iPhone (or perhaps more apropos, the iPad).

Imagine a day when you will be able to do the following.

Assessing And Monitoring Wound Progression With The Bates-Jensen Wound Assessment Tool

Alison J. Garten DPM | 2,434 reads | 0 comments | 02/03/2017

I recently read several studies that discussed the Bates-Jensen Wound Assessment Tool (BWAT) scores.1-4 While reading the study, I realized I was not familiar with this type of wound assessment tool. So what is it?

One can use this tool to measure/grade a wound initially and use it at regular intervals to track and evaluate the effectiveness of therapy. The BWAT consists of 15 items, two of which are not scored (location and shape). The sum of the remaining 13 items is the total BWAT score.

Why We Need To Take A Closer Look At The Roles Of ‘Wound Care Specialists’

Molly Judge DPM FACFAS | 5,903 reads | 3 comments | 06/16/2009

Currently, there are a number of people on the health care team touting themselves as wound care specialists. For those of you who may not know, the term “wound care specialist” does not imply a physician, a physician’s assistant or even a member of the nursing staff for that matter. Scores of people who might otherwise be considered “volunteer staff” or “nursing assistants” are now being sent for an abbreviated course in wound care products and, after taking this course, are subsequently referred to as “wound care specialists.”

Can We Achieve The ‘Equality’ In Surgery That We Have Achieved In Wound Care And Diabetic Limb Salvage?

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS | 4,833 reads | 3 comments | 10/21/2010

In the last several months, I have had the opportunity to attend four major wound care conferences. Standing in the back of the room at the Diabetic Limb Salvage conference, world famous researchers and academicians Peter Sheehan, MD, and Andrew Boulton, MD, commented to me how wonderful this meeting and others such as the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA) meeting had become in educating medical professionals on limb salvage.

Current Perspectives On Nutrition And Wound Healing

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS, and Zoe Birnbaum, BS | 2,602 reads | 0 comments | 04/24/2017

Given that malnutrition and a loss of lean body mass can have an adverse effect on wound healing, clinicians should have a strong understanding of the impact of adequate protein intake and the pros and cons of different vitamin supplements. Accordingly, these authors offer a salient review of current guidelines and recommendations for facilitating optimal nutrition in patients with lower extremity wounds.

Emerging Insights On Mesenchymal Stem Cells And Wound Healing

Hayley Iosue, DPM, and Thanh Dinh, DPM, FACFAS | 1,367 reads | 0 comments | 07/26/2017

Research has suggested mesenchymal stem cells can effectively enhance wound healing, helping repair and regenerate damaged tissue. These authors examine how these stem cells can positively affect the wound environment and review the research on potential delivery systems.

Reviewing The Essentials Of Prescribing Wound Dressings

Lee C. Rogers, DPM | 838 reads | 0 comments | 09/26/2017

Keys To Optimal Wound Dressing Selection

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 3,532 reads | 0 comments | 06/21/2016

These expert panelists offer advice on choosing antimicrobial or conventional dressings, the use of antiseptics in wounds, and what emerging dressings show promise.

Q:

What kind of antimicrobial dressings do you use?

Combating Biofilms In The Chronic Wound

James McGuire, DPM, PT, CPed, FAPWHc, and Jeffrey D’Alessandro, BS | 4,781 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/2016

Given the complexity of biofilm in lower extremity wounds, these authors offer a closer look on how biofilm develops, keys to eradicating biofilm and emerging modalities that may have an impact in the future.

When Patients With Diabetes Need Hospice Care

David Swain, DPM, CWSP | 1,291 reads | 0 comments | 05/19/2017

As the diabetic population continues to grow larger and older in the United States, more patients with diabetes will be in need of end-of-life care.