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Can New Hemostatic Dressings Facilitate Sharp Debridement In High-Risk Patients?

Clark Schierle, MD, PhD, and Julie Krol, MS, PA-C | 17,810 reads | 0 comments | 06/26/2009

   Sharp debridement is a critical step to promote healing and allow the body to repair chronic wounds as naturally and healthily as possible. Removing necrotic tissue and biofilm from the surface of chronic wounds converts chronic wounds into acute ones, effectively “resetting” the wound healing cascade and allowing the healing process to take place.

New Advances In Predicting Wound Healing

By Stephanie C. Wu, DPM | 12,591 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/2007

With the preponderance of wounds and the cost of chronic wound healing continuing to soar, this author offers a provocative look at emerging innovations such as medical hyperspectral technology and real-time polymerase chain reaction that may reinvent the diagnostic workup of chronic

Emerging Advances In Wound Closure

Alexander M. Reyzelman, DPM, FACFAS, and Narek Garukyan, BS | 24,739 reads | 0 comments | 06/25/2009

Given the potential complications associated with chronic wounds in high-risk patients, the authors debate the merits of different approaches to wound closure and explore emerging concepts in the combination of mechanical assistance and tissue expansion to facilitate improved healing.

Current Concepts In Wound Debridement

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, and Lisa Cowan, PhD, MS-2 | 55,399 reads | 2 comments | 06/25/2009

Appropriate debridement sets the stage for the conversion of chronic wounds into acute wounds, and eventual healing. With this in mind, these authors discuss essential patient considerations and offer a salient overview of debridement options ranging from sharp debridement to the emergence of ultrasonic debridement.

Case Studies In Palliative Wound Care

Martin E. Wendelken, DPM, RN, Lee Markowitz, DPM, and Oscar M. Alvarez, PhD | 48,059 reads | 0 comments | 06/29/2009

There may be instances when advanced therapies are contraindicated in elderly patients. In other instances, elderly patients with multiple comorbidities may be wary of the risks of surgical intervention for lower extremity wounds. Accordingly, these authors offer a variety of case studies that illustrate fundamental principles of palliative wound care.

Facilitating Improved Documentation In Wound Care

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM | 21,004 reads | 0 comments | 12/30/2008

   Having effective and thorough documentation methods can enhance outcomes, improve efficiency and help reduce hurdles to timely reimbursement. These panelists draw on their experience to discuss exactly what one needs to document in charts and how to use technology to make documentation easier.

Q: What are the recommended methods for the wound care documentation?

Expert Tips On Wound Bed Preparation

By Alexander M. Reyzelman, DPM, and Justin A. Tidwell, DPM | 9,762 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/2003

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.

Expert Insights On Wound Care Products

hmpadmin | 12,833 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/2002

The array of wound care products can be quite astounding. Choosing the right product(s) for your patient can be difficult. With this in mind, our panelists, strongly emphasizing case-by-case management, share their experiences, success stories and caveats with certain wound care products. Read on for what five expert panelists had to say about treating neuropathic ulcers, when to use growth factors and the role of wet-to-dry dressings.Q: What wound care products do you use on the diabetic neuropathic ulcer?

An “X”-Ceptional Wound Healer

hmpadmin | 3,212 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/2002

Are you looking for a new advance to help promote quicker wound healing for your patients? You may want to check out Xenaderm, a new prescription ointment unveiled by Healthpoint, Ltd. According to the company, Xenaderm stimulates the capillary bed, increasing circulation in the wound site. Using the ointment helps improve epithelialization by reducing premature epithelial desiccation. Healthpoint also notes that Xenaderm acts as a protective covering for the wound.

Keys To Ensuring Optimal Wound Debridement

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 20,803 reads | 0 comments | 06/21/2011

Wound debridement is the foundation for successful and swift wound healing. Appropriate and timely wound debridement facilitates infection control by removing the biofilm over wound surfaces. Our expert panelists discuss best practices in wound debridement by reviewing the clinical evidence for wound debridement, patient education and insights on the vascular workup of patients with wounds.