Wound Care Report
Aug. 6, 2014

Could statins help speed up wound healing after cardiac surgery?
Medical News Today
Patients who undergo cardiac surgery often have underlying health problems that can slow down the healing of their wounds. This could be set to change; a systematic review carried out recently has suggested that statins, drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol, could be used to speed up the healing process.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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Study: Saltier intravenous fluids reduce complications from surgery
Science Daily via Thomas Jefferson University
Infusing a saltier saline solution during and after surgery decreases overall complication rate for a complex procedure, research shows. "This relatively minor change in intravenous fluids has had a tremendous effect on the overall complication rate for our patients," says the first author. "Based on these findings we have already changed our practice in the operating room to use hypertonic saline."More

New hope for soldiers disfigured in war
After watching too many soldiers confront a lifetime of scarring, Army surgeon Dr. Robert Hale is leading the charge to make facial reconstruction medicine ready for the wounds of 21st century war.More

Can sugar can banish leg ulcers? 1 reader believes so
Daily Mail
Derek Ripley noticed a slightly sore, red patch on his shin, about the size of a 10 pence coin. When it failed to heal after a few days, he went to his doctor and was tested for Type 2 diabetes, as leg ulcers are a classic complication of the disease. It was clear that diabetes had already started to damage his circulation almost beyond repair. Ripley, then in his mid-50s, didn't know he was about to descend into a 10-year nightmare during which both his lower legs would become covered in ulcers. He tried a variety of treatments up until last year when he stumbled across a "cure" that sounds so implausible that most health professionals would understandably laugh at the idea: sugar. 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

Wake Forest Institute advancing bioprinter tech for wound care
In the not too distant future, one of the most important pieces of equipment for treating injured soldiers at a combat hospital could be a printer. Doctors may someday wheel a portable "bioprinter" over to a soldier's bed, line it up, and print new layers of skin directly onto a severe wound or burn. That's the kind of high-tech medical salvation for traumatically injured service members that military officials were hoping for when they began funding the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine in 2008. At the time, the U.S. military was struggling to cope with more than 51,000 soldiers wounded in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them were hurt by IEDs — improvised explosive devices — and concussive blasts that were so powerful that the soldiers would have died if not for body armor and advanced emergency treatments.More