Wound Care Report
Jul. 1, 2014

Scientists take next step in skin wound treatment
American Chemical Society via ScienceDaily
Treating wounds has become far more sophisticated than sewing stitches and applying gauze, but dressings still have shortcomings. Now scientists are reporting the next step in the evolution of wound treatment with a material that leads to faster healing than existing commercial dressings and prevents potentially harmful bacteria from sticking. Their study appears in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.More

Research healing wounds 50 percent faster
Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carillon Research Institute are leading the way in new science that could help wounds heal in half the time. This is especially important for diabetics dealing with complications like foot ulcers. This research actually began in South Carolina, nearly a decade ago, but was imported to the Roanoke-based research center when one of the lead scientists was recruited to come work at the institute two years ago.More

New technology could revolutionize treatment, prevention of sepsis
Oregon State University via News-Medical.Net
The National Science Foundation has just awarded $200,000 to engineers at Oregon State University who have developed a new technology that they believe could revolutionize the treatment and prevention of sepsis. Sepsis is a "hidden killer" that in the United States actually kills more people every year than AIDS, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.More

Local factors affecting wound healing
Wound Educators
There are several local factors that can affect wound healing. Circulation, sensation and mechanical stress are among the most common local factors that have a bearing on healing. More

Incorporating exercise as an integral part of wound management
Today's Wound Clinic
Technological advances spanning the last few generations have simplified many things in our everyday lives while creating a faster paced way of life. Unfortunately, as everything around us has seemingly gotten quicker, our population as a whole has become more sedentary. Society in general has become less active, and, not coincidently, the prevalence of diseases related to chronic wounds continues to rise as improvements to healthcare also continue to occur. That is not to say that the rise in complications, such as diabetes and obesity, solely can be attributed to these factors. Widespread improper nutrition and larger segments of the population that are struggling economically have played roles as well.More

Honey: Major breakthrough as alternative to antibiotics
Daily Echo
Antibiotic resistance might have giant drug companies stumped, but a U.K. doctor is winning attention with a new weapon in the fight against superbugs.More

Bariatric surgery pays off long term in diabetes
MedPage Today
Gastric bypass beat diet and lifestyle for helping obese patients with Type 2 diabetes shed both their disease and its long-term consequences, studies showed.More

Researchers ID protein involved in wound healing, tumor growth
Dermatology Times
A protein that plays a role in healing wounds and in tumor growth could be a future therapeutic target, recent research suggests.More

Vitamin C helps wound healing
Food Consumer
A report in British Journal of Community Nursing suggests that taking vitamin C can help speed up the wound-healing process. Vitamin C — also known as ascorbic acid — plays a role in all phases of wound healing, according to the reportMore

Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Wound Care Report, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of APWCA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More