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Investigating The Wound Healing Potential Of A New Amniotic Membrane Graft

Eric J. Lullove, DPM, CWS, FACCWS | 12,698 reads | 0 comments | 07/31/2014

This author discusses how the use of an innovative human amniotic membrane graft enhanced healing in three patients with lower extremity wounds. Homologous tissue in wound healing has been in use for many years and recently human amnion-derived materials have become available to clinicians. Amniotic membrane derived allografts that consist of a dehydrated composite of amniotic and chorionic membranes are particularly interesting as they combine layers of the amniotic membrane that are both subjects of intensive research.

Performing Definitive Surgical Correction To Balance The Foot And Heal A Chronic Wound

Tammer Elmarsafi, DPM, and John S. Steinberg, DPM, FACFAS | 5,521 reads | 0 comments | 11/26/2014

Given the comprehensive approach chronic wounds require, these authors present the treatment of a patient with diabetic peripheral neuropathy who developed osteomyelitis and extensive soft tissue loss.

When A Non-Healing Wound Has A Dermatologic Origin

William Fishco, DPM, FACFAS | 11,504 reads | 2 comments | 01/27/2014

A 60-year-old Hispanic female presented with the chief complaint of severe pain associated with a large wound on her left leg, which had been present for four years. She had received treatment at another local hospital prior to her admission to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix and the previous treatment recommended to her was a below-knee amputation. Her prior treatment while living in Mexico included application of topical antibiotics and a wet-to-dry dressing. She had never had any type of debridement of the wound.

Remembering Nutritional Analysis In The Wound Care Patient

Alison J. Garten DPM | 2,113 reads | 0 comments | 04/23/2014

While attending a conference a several weeks ago, I ran into a colleague whose passion and expertise, like mine, is wound care. Our conversation centered upon the topic of nutrition and how often as doctors, we omit the patient's dietary habits in our treatment strategies. We are so focused on healing the wound that we may overlook the basics that would assist the healing process.

How Reactive Oxygen Species Can Lead To A Chronic Wound

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD | 2,768 reads | 0 comments | 12/23/2013

What factors can complicate the healing of a chronic wound? A recent presentation at the American Society for Cell Biology points to reactive oxygen species reacting with biofilm as a factor.

Keys To Managing Postoperative Wound Infections

Ryan Fitzgerald, DPM, FACFAS | 18,893 reads | 0 comments | 07/23/2013

In a thorough review of the literature on surgical site infections, this author shares insights on key risk factors, discusses current concepts and controversies with preventative measures, and offers a salient overview on common pathogens.

Current And Emerging Modalities In Wound Debridement

Thomas Belken, DPM, and Neal Mozen, DPM, FACFAS | 24,659 reads | 0 comments | 07/23/2013

Given the important role of debridement in facilitating successful wound healing, these authors discuss pertinent issues concerning the timing and degree of debridement, and offer their perspectives on debridement modalities ranging from enzymatic agents to ultrasonic debridement and hydrosurgery.

Emerging Insights On Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Karen Shum, DPM, and Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 21,562 reads | 1 comments | 07/23/2013

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has become an indispensable tool for wound care for many physicians. These authors examine the research on NPWT, evaluate the newest devices on the market and provide guidance for getting reimbursement.

A Closer Look At Topical Therapies In Wound Care

John Giurini, DPM, FACFAS, and Allyson Berglund, DPM | 18,445 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/2013

Given the increasing numbers of diabetic wounds among the populace and the complex environment of wounds, it is crucial to have a grasp of effective topical treatment options that can facilitate healing. These authors discuss factors that affect wound healing as well as treatment options ranging from hydrogel dressings and calcium alginate to split thickness skin grafts, foams and biologics.

Exploring The Potential Of Advanced Wound Care Products For Diabetic Wounds

E. Giannin Perez, DPM, MS, and Khurram H. Khan, DPM, FACFAS | 12,444 reads | 0 comments | 11/22/2013

Wound healing is a challenging task for any podiatric physician, especially for our high-risk patients with diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes has consequences for all aspects of the body but is especially detrimental to wound healing. Patients with diabetes have a 15 to 25 percent lifetime risk of developing foot ulcers and their annual treatment costs are estimated to be about $30,000.1