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 APWCA Highlights

Advocating for wound care: APWCA, Alliance for Wound Care Stakeholders 2014 successes
Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders
The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders — on which the American Professional Wound Care Association is an active member — is a coalition of physician and clinical organizations focused on promoting quality care and access to products and services for patients with wounds — and the providers who treat them — through advocacy and educational outreach in the regulatory, legislative and public arenas. The Alliance unites leading wound care experts to advocate on public policy issues that may create barriers to patients' access to treatments or care, with a focus on reimbursement, wound care research and wound care quality measures.
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 Industry News

Mechanobiology provides insight into disease and healing processes
National University of Singapore via Medical Xpress
Researchers in Singapore are gaining further insight into how the mechanical environment of cells drives fundamental cellular processes such as motility, growth and survival. These processes are integral to many clinical challenges, from cancer prognosis to wound healing and skin repair.
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  Enluxtra makes wound healing simple

Numerous reports of faster healing in chronic wounds prove the effectiveness of Enluxtra "smart" dressing. Over 100,000 patients received this easy, affordable, and painless treatment, with impressive results. Enluxtra's "no-guesswork" feedback-driven material changes its function from absorption to hydration as needed, which makes it a perfect dressing for any wound.

The irregular border
Dermatology Times
We are at an exciting time in medicine. A nearly exponential increase in the understanding of biology, chemistry and pharmacology figuratively strains the digital shelves that hold all of this knowledge, while giant leaps in information technology mean that it is all accessible with a few taps of a smartphone. Modern medicine has more answers than ever before, and a new era of evidence-based decision-making has taken hold, bringing light and clarity to dark, unknown realms.
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The new frontier in plasma medicine
Springer via ScienceDaily
Applications of plasmas in medicine are a new frontier in therapeutic treatment. For example, they can help in stimulating tissue regeneration in the contexts of wound healing and dermatology. Essential to this topic is the understanding of processes at work in plasmas — a unique kind of gas-like state of matter containing charged particles. A new study provides previously unavailable data on oxygen ion transport and the likelihood of such ions interacting with water molecules.
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Disrespectful healthcare cultures and risks to patient care
By Christina Thielst
A recent PSQH article listed a dozen persistent medication safety gaffes that need to be resolved. Not surprisingly, No. 8 was "disrespectful behavior: a history of tolerance in healthcare." Disrespectful behavior includes bullying, threats, aggressiveness and even more passive forms such as ignoring and exclusion. These behaviors don't belong in any workplace, and certainly not in healthcare because of the risks created and the definite threat to patient safety. More than ever, teamwork and effective communication are needed in healthcare environments. Disrespect creates barriers to both of these.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Researchers unlock the mysteries of wound healing (Bioscience Technology)
New technology allows peripheral vascular disease diagnosis in diabetic patients (Diabetes News Journal)
Case study: Ultrasound for healing chronic wounds (SPIE)
Beware of ICD-10 shortcuts: The case against crosswalking (By Charlotte Bohnett)
PUMA project develops innovative device to prevent risk of pressure ulcer (Asociación RUVID via News-Medical.Net)

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