Wound Care Report
Dec. 3, 2014

Surprise finding has implications for wound repair therapies and inhibiting cancer
Medical News Today
While investigating a rare genetic disorder, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have discovered that a ubiquitous signaling molecule is crucial to cellular reprogramming, a finding with significant implications for stem cell-based regenerative medicine, wound repair therapies and potential cancer treatments.More

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Survey: Cost trumps health for many Americans
By Scott E. Rupp
As "Obamacare" is entering its second year of implementation, a new survey showcases consumer's thoughts about the Affordable Care Act and health insurance. Conducted ahead of the 2015 open enrollment, the survey shows health insurance issues, including factors impacting health plan selection, satisfaction with current plan options, consumer understanding of the ACA, perceived impact of the ACA and overall thoughts about the U.S. health insurance system.More

Study: Skin adhesive rivals sutures in wound-closing
Cosmetic Surgery Times
Recently released results of a European study suggest that a new topical skin adhesive is as effective as intradermal sutures in wound closures. A team of researchers from Belgium, Sweden, Germany and the U.K. conducted an investigation to determine the equivalence of the PRINEO Skin Closure System to intradermal sutures used in closing wounds.More

Paper: An easy tool for tracking pressure ulcer data
Wound Care Advisor
David L. Johnson, NHA, RAC-CT writes: As a senior quality improvement specialist with IPRO, the Quality Improvement Organization for New York State over the past 11 years, I've been tasked with helping skilled nursing facilities embrace the process of continuous quality improvement. A necessary component of this effort has been to collect, understand and analyze timely and accurate data. This article discusses a free tool I developed to help SNFs track their data related to pressure ulcers and focus their quality improvement efforts for the greatest impact.More

Innovation could spur much-needed advances in treating diabetic foot ulcers
Physicians News Digest
New approaches to treating diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers are sorely needed by the medical community. A review in the August 2014 issue of Advances in Therapy reports that the development of new treatments for DFUs has stalled over the past two decades, with the number of cases of foot ulcerations and amputations remaining constant during this period of time. According to lead author A. Veves, the standard of care for DFUs—including debridement, pressure offloading, infection management and revascularization — is the same as 20 years ago, and there is no particular standout among the three treatments for DFUs currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is better than the others. So in what directions will innovation come from?More