Wound Care Report
Sep. 17, 2014

A global perspective on wound care
Dr. Thomas E. Serena, Wound Healing Society
At first glance, Dean Rafi, a distinguished college professor in oilrich Oman, would appear to have little in common with a diabetic woman from a poor rural province outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I was professor Rafi's guest in Oman recently and he treated me to an age-old Arabian tradition: a feast in a tent in the desert. Sitting cross-legged on hand woven mats, we enjoyed an opulent meal. I lost track of the number of courses. I also had the opportunity to observe a more modern Middle Eastern tradition: before the meal, an assistant passed out small syringes. I watched as the guests pushed aside their dishdashas and injected themselves with insulin. "We are victims of our own success," commented Rafi.More

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Amino acid supplement helps diabetic foot wounds
Food Consumer
Taking targeted amino acid supplements helps diabetic foot wounds in diabetes patients, according to a review authored by researchers at University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas.More

Wounds and the normal healing process
Nursing Careers Allied Health
Wound healing is the process of the body replacing devitalised and/or missing tissue in order to fill a cavity and repair damaged skin. This typically occurs in a coordinated fashion along a healing continuum, a process taking up to two years. During this time wounds are vulnerable to repeated trauma and breakdown and should be protected where possible. Across the spectrum of healthcare settings, health professionals face the challenge of difficult, hard-to-heal wounds in addition to the uncomplicated wound that heals as expected. In order to facilitate healing, it is important for nurses to not only recognize the stage of healing, but to recognize when a wound is failing to heal.More

Could bee bacteria provide alternatives to antibiotics?
Medical News Today
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that a group of lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomachs of honeybees has antimicrobial properties — including the ability to fight MRSA and other human bacteria in the lab — and should be investigated as an alternative to antibiotics.More

Epidermolysis bullosa presents unique wound care challenges
Dermatology Times
It's advisable for clinicians to release the fluid in blisters that develop in children with epidermolysis bullosa, but they should aim to keep the roof of the blister intact, an expert recommends.More

Important changes in cellular behavior that occur in rare, blistering skin disease
Medical News Today
University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues studying a rare, blistering disease have discovered new details of how autoantibodies destroy healthy cells in skin. This information provides new insights into autoimmune mechanisms in general and could help develop and screen treatments for patients suffering from all autoimmune diseases, estimated to affect 5 to 10 percent of the U.S. population.More