Caring for summertime burn wounds
  Whether it’s from sunburn, a backyard grill, a campfire accident, a curling iron or any other cause, summertime burns can be painful, uncomfortable and challenging to heal, especially in more serious cases. Here are some tips to assist you in caring for summertime burn wounds. How serious is it? Many burns are minor, not requiring extensive care. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, in those rare situations when you need to go to an emergency room, the doctor will start by examining your skin to see if the burn covers more than 10% of your total body area, among other symptoms. If it does, you...
Source: Advanced Tissue - June 18, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound care products burn wounds burn wound care Source Type: news

May / June 2019 Long Term Care
Can you review if there is anything else I can do to prevent skin tears? An Advanced Tissue newsletter written by Carolyn Brown, BS, MEd, RN, ARM, CWSr, FACCWS. Download Here The post May / June 2019 Long Term Care appeared first on Advanced Tissue. (Source: Advanced Tissue)
Source: Advanced Tissue - June 11, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

How to treat wounds caused by insects and animal bites
  Being outdoors during the warm weather season carries with it the risk of bites of all kinds – insects, animals, ticks and others. Here is some helpful advice for treating bites and itching. Check the symptoms. Most insect bites and stings are mild, causing minor symptoms like itching, redness, stinging or a small degree of swelling around the bite. In some rare cases, stings from hornets, bees, wasps, scorpions or fire ants may lead to more serious reactions, including mosquito-borne West Nile virus. The Mayo Clinic advises moving away from the area where you were stung or bitten to prevent further injur...
Source: Advanced Tissue - June 10, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound care products wound care treatment Source Type: news

Preventing and Treating Injuries Caused by Water Sports and Activities
Boating, swimming, fishing and other water sports are popular summertime pursuits but can sometimes have the potential for danger. Here are some tips for dealing with injuries from water activities. Swimming problems. According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, most swimming injuries involve the shoulders, back, hips or knees, depending on the individual's stroke. Treatment recommendations from the AOSSM include cutting back on repetitive strokes contributing to overuse, core-strengthening and cross-training exercises, rest periods, alternative training techniques (instead of train...
Source: Advanced Tissue - June 6, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound Infection Source Type: news

Treating Wounds While Traveling
You can never predict when injuries will happen. Here are some tips on dealing with wounds when you're away from home. Exercise common sense, and take precautions. Cindy Bitter, M.D., an emergency room physician at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, suggests thinking carefully about risky activities. "People sometimes do silly things when they travel, like signing up for resort scuba diving for the first time, going cage-diving with sharks, tackling the Alps or feeding the stingrays," Bitter explained. Dr. Bitter, who is a world traveler, adds that she never goes hiking without bringing along wound care supplie...
Source: Advanced Tissue - May 28, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound care products Source Type: news

Quick guide to animal bite treatment
  A playful nip from your pet is one thing, but when animals really sink their teeth into your skin, you need to care for the wound to prevent infection and other serious complications. Dealing with an animal bite sooner rather than later is the key to avoiding potential problems. Here’s your quick guide to understanding animal bite treatment: As much as we love our pets, sometimes they’re the cause of animal bite wounds. Consider the type of animal bite According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, dogs are the most common cause of animal bites. However, cats, rodents, rabbits, ferrets, far...
Source: Advanced Tissue - May 22, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Source Type: news

What is road rash and how can you treat it at home?
Also known as raspberries or strawberries, road rash wounds are a type of skin abrasion. Most road rash wounds are minor injuries that you can easily treat at home if you know the right steps to take. Here's your quick guide to road rash: Biking accidents are common causes of road rash. What is road rash? Caused by an unfortunate run-in with a rough surface, road rash occurs when a layer of skin is scraped away from the body. Road rash injuries commonly result from falls when biking, skateboarding or running outside. Severe injuries that rip away multiple layers of tissue may require skin grafting surgery to rep...
Source: Advanced Tissue - May 20, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound healing Source Type: news

How to care for a wound in an emergency
  When accidents happen, first aid is a critical first step. But for open wounds and similar emergencies, it’s always a good idea to follow up with a health care professional. According to the World Health Organization, tens of millions of people suffer injuries that lead to hospitalization, emergency department visits, general practitioner treatment or treatment that does not involve formal medical care. As common as these injuries are, it’s important to deal with them immediately to prevent infection and minimize complications later, when you seek care from a medical professional. Here’s a helpful ...
Source: Advanced Tissue - May 17, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound care products Wound Infection Source Type: news

How to manage infected eczema
Red, itchy and inflamed skin is a well-known symptom of what's generally called eczema. While there are a variety of conditions described in this way, the most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. Occasionally, complications develop and the skin becomes infected. When this happens, there are a number of treatment options available. Consult your doctor or medical practitioner if you have any questions regarding your eczema treatment plan, but in the meantime, here are some things you'll want to know about the condition. When eczema becomes infected, there are a variety of treatments.  What causes an ec...
Source: Advanced Tissue - May 7, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound Infection Source Type: news

MDS 3.0 Section M, Skin Conditions: Accurate Assessment and Coding
1.0 Contact Hour Available: This webinar recording reviews the accurate assessment and coding for the MDS 3.0 Section M, Skin Conditions used in long-term care facilities. By Carolyn Brown, BS, MEd, RN, ARM, CWS, FACCWS, and Advanced Tissue’s Clinical Consultant The post MDS 3.0 Section M, Skin Conditions: Accurate Assessment and Coding appeared first on Advanced Tissue. (Source: Advanced Tissue)
Source: Advanced Tissue - May 6, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: Alice Strange Tags: Webinar wound care Source Type: news

QAPI Strategies: Pressure Injury Prevention
1.0 Contact Hour Available: This webinar recording reviews the five elements of QAPI, discusses pressure ulcer prevention and identifies many unique and practical prevention interventions. By Carolyn Brown, BS, MEd, RN, ARM, CWS, FACCWS, and Advanced Tissue’s Clinical Consultant The post QAPI Strategies: Pressure Injury Prevention appeared first on Advanced Tissue. (Source: Advanced Tissue)
Source: Advanced Tissue - May 1, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: Alice Strange Tags: Webinar pressure ulcers Source Type: news

Essential wound care supplies for your home first aid kit
When the cut, scrape, blister or bleeding happens, you don't want to be stuck running in a panicked frenzy to the closest drug store. Instead, be prepared for common injuries, symptoms and ailments with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and home first aid kit. Here are the essential wound care supplies you should have on hand at home: Make sure your home first aid kit is well stocked. For cuts and scrapes: The basic must-haves for these minor wounds include: Adhesive bandages in various sizes. Sterile gauze pads. Medical tape. Antibiotic ointment. The size of the wound will help you determine whether a bandage will s...
Source: Advanced Tissue - April 29, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound care products Source Type: news

New biomaterials could promote natural wound healing
While doctors have various materials on hand to dress wounds, researchers continue to look for ways to improve those supplies. A recent development from a team at Imperial College London involves a new molecule that can change how traditional wound care materials react with the body. By interacting with tissues as healing takes place, the molecule can promote accelerated yet natural wound healing. Here are the details on this innovative wound care development: What is this new molecule? The researchers named the new molecules traction force-activated payloads, or TrAPs for short. They're designed to connect wound care ...
Source: Advanced Tissue - April 23, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound healing Source Type: news

What is regenerative medicine and how can it promote wound healing?
  When traditional treatments fail to heal wounds, many doctors look to modern alternatives to help patients recover. Regenerative medicine is one of the most recent developments to become a worthy treatment alternative. Here’s an overview of regenerative medicine and its role in wound care: What is regenerative medicine? The National Institutes of Health defines regenerative medicine as the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace lost tissue or organ function. Through regeneration, replacement and rejuvenation, regenerative-medicine techniques work with the body’s nat...
Source: Advanced Tissue - April 9, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound healing Source Type: news

What is a venous skin ulcer?
  Roughly 500,000 to 600,000 people in the U.S. each year develop venous ulcers, effectively making them the most common type of skin ulcer, according to the Cleveland Clinic. While anyone can develop skin ulcers, you may be at a higher risk of a venous one if you have a history of leg swelling, varicose veins, obesity or frequent blood cots. Here’s your quick guide to venous skin ulcers: Patients with varicose veins are at a higher risk of developing a venous skin ulcer. What is a venous skin ulcer? Venous ulcers are the result of poor circulation in the veins. Instead of being sent back to the heart, blood p...
Source: Advanced Tissue - April 2, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care wound healing Source Type: news

How to recognize the signs of wound infection
Knowing how to tell if a wound is infected is an important skill to have, namely because you'll be able to alert your doctor to the infection as soon as possible. The sooner your doctor can intervene with the appropriate treatment method, the better your chances of getting back on the proper healing track without further complications. Here are the signs and symptoms of wound infection that you should never ignore: Knowing the signs of wound infection helps your doctor prescribe the right treatment. Increased or continued pain If your wound is healing properly, the pain should gradually subside. However, if it remain...
Source: Advanced Tissue - March 28, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Infection Source Type: news

What happens when your stitches get infected?
Loops of thread designed to bring together the edges of a wound and promote proper healing, stitches are commonly used to treat open wounds and close surgical incisions. As with any wound, those treated with stitches can also experience complications like infection. Here's your quick guide to infected stitches: Look out for redness, swelling and other signs of infection when stitches are healing. The causes Bacteria are often the cause of infected stitches, namely because broken skin cannot protect the body from germs as well as intact skin can, as noted by Healthline. Other culprits could be poor wound cleaning...
Source: Advanced Tissue - March 25, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound Infection Source Type: news

March / April 2019 Long Term Care
Would you review the management of a venous insufficiency ulcer for us? An Advanced Tissue newsletter written by Carolyn Brown, BS, MEd, RN, ARM, CWSr, FACCWS. Download Here The post March / April 2019 Long Term Care appeared first on Advanced Tissue. (Source: Advanced Tissue)
Source: Advanced Tissue - March 19, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

New study reveals the importance of health literacy and patient advocacy for wound healing
  When patients actively collaborate with physicians during their wound care process, the results are favorable for everyone involved. With open doctor-patient communication, physicians consider patient concerns and preferences and are mindful of carefully explaining treatment procedures. Doing so increases patient understanding and treatment adherence, and ultimately, drives positive outcomes. While there is enough evidence to suggest that patient-centered care is essential to wound healing, many patients lack the knowledge and support to be fully involved. A recent study conducted by Healogics Wound S...
Source: Advanced Tissue - March 19, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound healing Source Type: news

3 common types of chronic wounds
  How do you know if your wound is chronic? The severity of your injury, as well as complications that cause significant delays in healing, are common indicators. There are also certain kinds of wounds that often end up high on the chronic scale. Here are the three most common types of chronic wounds: Infectious wounds, surgical sites and ulcers are among the most common chronic wounds. 1. Infectious wounds When infection causes significant delays in healing, the wound often becomes chronic. According to Wound Care Centers, typical signs of chronic infectious wounds include bad odors, pus drainage, dead ti...
Source: Advanced Tissue - March 7, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound Infection chronic wounds Source Type: news

Top tips for diabetic foot care
  Diabetes presents dangers for your feet, leaving you at a higher risk for developing an infection or encountering other serious complications from even the slightest of wounds. This is because diabetes can cause nerve damage and loss of feeling in your feet, as well as a reduction in blood flow that makes it more difficult for your body to heal wounds. With that said, there are preventative measures you can practice to keep your feet in good shape. Follow these diabetic foot care tips to prevent wound development and complications: Diabetic patients must take care of their feet to prevent wound development. Inspec...
Source: Advanced Tissue - March 1, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: diabetic wound care diabetic foot ulcer Source Type: news

Guide to chronic wound treatment methods
  A wound becomes chronic when it fails to progress through the normal healing stages. According to Wound Source, if the wound doesn’t show significant signs of healing within 30 days, doctors should begin treating it as a chronic wound. In the event that a wound becomes chronic, doctors may prescribe one or more of the following treatment methods: Some chronic wounds require surgery to promote healing. Cleansing Chronic wounds require careful attention and cautious yet frequent cleansing between dressing changes to promote healing. The exact steps will vary depending on the wound. For instance,...
Source: Advanced Tissue - February 22, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound healing chronic wounds healing wounds Source Type: news

4 advantages of telehealth solutions in wound care
  While telemedicine can’t entirely replace a visit to the doctor’s office, several useful applications of the technology promote wound healing. Here are four ways patients can benefit from telemedicine applications in wound care: Telehealth solutions allow doctors and patients to connect remotely. 1. Wound diagnosis and treatment from home Wound Source noted that generally, telemedicine technology can provide 24-hour access to medical advice from any location. Health care providers can use a computer, tablet, smartphone or another electronic device to evaluate patient symptoms, assess wounds, prescribe ...
Source: Advanced Tissue - February 18, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound care products Source Type: news

New type of wound dressing shocks patients
  While Wound Source estimated that there are over 6,000 types of wound care dressings, the steep number doesn’t stop researchers from testing products for more advanced dressings. Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently developed a new low-cost wound dressing designed to accelerate wound healing. Here are the details on this innovative wound dressing: How does this wound dressing work? While electricity can be beneficial for skin healing, most electrotherapy products require bulky equipment and complex wiring. This new dressing leverages the power of electrical pulses for healing, bu...
Source: Advanced Tissue - February 14, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound care products wound dressings Source Type: news

Top tips for wound care at home
  The level of care and affection you apply to your wound can make or break the recovery process. Proper wound care at home helps you heal as quickly as possible, reducing the chances of infection or other delays in recovery. Get back to tip-top shape in no time by following these tips: Proper wound care at home is vital for healing. Wash your hands Never touch a wound before cleaning your hands! Wash them thoroughly with antibacterial soap to remove bacteria and other debris that can threaten infection. Keep it clean Healthline advised keeping minor wounds clean and dry for five days after the ini...
Source: Advanced Tissue - February 7, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Source Type: news

What is a cross infection?
  There’s a good reason why doctors are obsessed with washing their hands and hospitals are such sterile environments: A clean and thoroughly sanitized area is vital for preventing patient complications, namely infections. A cross infection occurs when harmful microorganisms like bacteria and viruses transfer to a patient by way of another person or medical tools and equipment. It can also spread within the body. Such an infection can drastically delay wound healing and lead to more serious complications. Here’s a quick overview of what you should know about cross infections: The types and causes Heal...
Source: Advanced Tissue - February 4, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Infection Source Type: news

Why does a diabetic wound take longer to heal?
  Diabetes and wound healing have a complicated relationship, namely because many symptoms of the condition impact the body’s ability to recover at an average pace. As a result, patients with diabetes are also more susceptible to infection and other complications during the wound healing process. Even minor cuts, scrapes and blisters require cautious and mindful care. Here are the main reasons why diabetic wound healing is a slower process: Patients with diabetes are prone to delayed wound healing. Blood sugar levels Patients with diabetes have high blood sugar levels, which can inhibit nutrients and oxyg...
Source: Advanced Tissue - January 31, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: diabetic wound care diabetic ulcers diabetic foot ulcers diabetic wounds Source Type: news

8 factors that affect wound healing
  While antibiotics, dressings and antibiotics do their part, several factors affecting wound healing can make the treatment process different for each patient. Some of these factors are unavoidable, while others can be controlled or evaded with conscious effort. Here are some of the important factors that can promote or inhibit wound healing: The rate of wound healing depends on several factors. 1. Type of wound The severity of a wound, along with its shape, depth, size and cause, can significantly affect the rate of healing. Wound Source noted that linear wounds often heal faster than rectangular ones do...
Source: Advanced Tissue - January 22, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound healing Source Type: news

January / February 2019 Long Term Care
How would you code the MDS, Section M for this resident? An Advanced Tissue newsletter written by Carolyn Brown, BS, MEd, RN, ARM, CWS, FACCWS. Download Here The post January / February 2019 Long Term Care appeared first on Advanced Tissue. (Source: Advanced Tissue)
Source: Advanced Tissue - January 14, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news