Wound Care Report
Aug. 20, 2014

ACHM consensus statement on physician credentialing for hyperbaric oxygen therapy
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine
The rise in specialized wound and hyperbaric centers across the United States has resulted in an increased need for physicians to administer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. However, there are no published national standards or recommendations for credentialing physicians for this service. The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, established in 1985, is a 501(c)(6) professional organization founded to support the clinical applications and professional practice of HBOT and to serve the developing specialty of wound care. Quality assurance and improvement in the practice of hyperbaric medicine and educational activities to enhance the understanding of the scientific evidence supporting oxygen-based technologies in clinical practice are integral parts of the organization's mission.More

Business course, Sept. 13-14
This day and a half course will address the issues associated with opening a new wound care and hyperbaric center. In addition, the program introduces techniques to increase the efficiency and profitability of established centers.

Join us Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Philadelphia Airport.

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Technology to improve treatment of diabetic complications
Neuropathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes affecting about half of the diabetic population. Its implications can be severe: foot ulcers leading to amputations and disabling chronic pain. Traditional medical practice to detect neuropathy includes an annual foot examination with a test for sensory perception, such as a 5.07|10-g monofilament or a tuning fork. These subjective tests generally are conclusive when neuropathy has progressed to the loss of protective sensation, but they are ineffective tools for early detection of neuropathy.More

Pressure ulcer prevention with simulation program
By Amanda Morrow and James Hay
The Veterans Health Administration places a large focus on establishing local pressure ulcer prevention programs. At the VA Roseburg Healthcare System in Roseburg, Oregon, both high- and low-fidelity manikins are complemented with detailed moulage to simulate challenges with the nursing management of pressure ulcers. Nursing educators and the clinical nurse leader worked together to create a "hands-on" adult learning model for training the nursing staff.More

Proteins critical to wound healing are identified
Infection Control Today
Mice missing two important proteins of the vascular system develop normally and appear healthy in adulthood, as long as they don't become injured. If they do, their wounds don't heal properly, a new study shows. The research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, may have implications for treating diseases involving abnormal blood vessel growth, such as the impaired wound healing often seen in diabetes and the loss of vision caused by macular degeneration. More

Case report: Using medical silicone to ensure an airtight negative pressure wound therapy dressing seal in challenging wounds
Ostomy Wound Management
Negative pressure wound therapy has been used for a broad range of indications and wound types. However, it can be difficult to maintain an airtight dressing seal when the wound is located in an anatomically challenging area or environment. To address this problem, medical silicone, used to create intraoral vacuum dressings, was used in five patients to seal leaking NPWT dressings — four polyurethane dressings and one polyurethane silver foam dressing.More

Research: Moisturizing routine reduces skin damage for elderly
Science Network WA via Medical Xpress
The twice-daily application of a common, readily available moisturizer has been shown to reduce the frequency of skin tears in the elderly by almost 50 percent, new research shows. More

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