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Keys To Optimal Wound Dressing Selection

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 3,855 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.

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What kind of antimicrobial dressings do you use?

Emerging Insights On Mesenchymal Stem Cells And Wound Healing

Hayley Iosue, DPM, and Thanh Dinh, DPM, FACFAS | 1,718 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.

Current Perspectives On Nutrition And Wound Healing

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS, and Zoe Birnbaum, BS | 2,902 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.

What’s In Your Wound Care Toolbox?

Alison J. Garten DPM | 1,953 reads | 1 comments | 04/07/2016

What wound care products do you commonly use? I recently listened to Kathleen Schaum, MS, at a Wound Clinic Business meeting and was astonished to learn there are approximately 65 skin substitutes currently on the market. This is in addition to all the other products: dressings, negative pressure devices, offloading devices, etc.   

Challenges And Conundrums With Wound Care Coding

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 2,549 reads | 0 comments | 02/23/2017

These panelists provide a guide to tackling common coding dilemmas, appropriate coding for wound debridement, skin grafts and substitutes, and advice for new doctors when learning to code.

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What is your advice for a new practitioner who is learning how to code and bill for your service?

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Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS, advises not waiting until you graduate from the residency program to learn how to code.

Recent Study Shows Impact Of Aggressive Wound Care In Multidisciplinary Setting

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD | 622 reads | 0 comments | 05/19/2017

A recent study finds that aggressive wound care by the multidisciplinary team is vital in reducing the time to wound healing.1

Essential Tips On ICD-10 And Wound Care Coding

Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA | 15,948 reads | 0 comments | 10/24/2016

Since ICD-10 has been fully implemented, podiatry practices are expected to provide the most accurate coding possible. This author offers a practical guide to diagnostic coding for ulcers and wounds, and pertinent insights on the nuances of adding fifth, sixth and seventh characters to your coding for ulcers and wounds.

Principles In Pain Management For Wound Care Patients

Kazu Suzuki, DPM, Ryan Lockhart, BS, and Zoe Birnbaum, BS | 3,095 reads | 0 comments | 07/26/2016

A significant number of wound care patients may present to your office with chronic pain present for more than three months. These authors provide a guide to treating patients with mild, moderate and severe pain, and review key principles in prescribing and monitoring opioid use.

Counseling Wound Care Patients On Nutrition And Supplements

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 4,615 reads | 0 comments | 02/24/2016

Nutrition can be a key factor in healing chronic wounds. These panelists discuss how to address nutrition and weight loss with wound care patients, and share recommendations on nutritional supplements.

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Do you counsel your patients regarding nutrition for wound healing purposes?

Current And Emerging Debridement Options In Wound Care

Suhad A. Hadi, DPM, FACFAS, and Rebecca Inwood, DPM | 4,354 reads | 0 comments | 11/23/2016

Given the well-documented importance of debridement in converting a chronic wound to an acute wound, these authors explore the merits of various methods of debridement with an eye on newer modalities such as hydrosurgery and ultrasound-guided debridement.