Surgical Closure Augmented With vCPM for Pressure Ulcers Surgical Closure Augmented With vCPM for Pressure Ulcers
A vCPM graft used for the augmentation of surgical flap closure may be an effective option for immobile patients with nonhealing perineal ulcers.Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article 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

Acelity ’ s KCI launches Abthera NPWT system in Japan
Acelity subsidiary KCI said today that it launched its Abthera open abdomen negative pressure therapy system in Japan. The San Antonio-based company’s Abthera is a temporary abdominal closure system intended to allow surgeons to manage challenging abdominal wall openings where primary closure is not possible and to manage repeat abdominal entries. KCI said that the system has be validated in clinical studies, showing increased patient survival, improved primary fascial closure rates, shorter intensive care unit stays and improved outcomes. “When dealing with patients managed with damage control for se...
Source: Mass Device - February 21, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Wound Care Acelity kci Source Type: news

Use of NPWT With Instillation for Complex Wounds Use of NPWT With Instillation for Complex Wounds
In this article, the authors describe their experience using negative pressure wound therapy with instillation in two critically ill patients requiring management of complex wounds.Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Acelity to lay off 265 in Texas, N.C.
Acelity is reducing its workforce by approximately 265 employees, according to a recent report from the San Antonio Business Journal. The layoffs include roughly 200 individuals from its Alamo City, Texas-based facilities, with the remaining coming from its Charlotte, N.C.-based location, according to the report. “Unfortunately, this will result in position eliminations for some of our colleagues in San Antonio and Charlotte in the coming months. While this decision is difficult, it is necessary as we expand our commitment to improving our customers’ experience. We are communicating with our teams now so t...
Source: Mass Device - February 11, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Acelity Source Type: news

Applied Tissue Technologies ’ negative-pressure dressing gets FDA nod
Wound-care company Applied Tissue Technologies said it has won FDA clearance of its negative-pressure wound therapy product, the Platform Wound Dressing (PWD). The class II device represents the first-of-its-kind embossed negative pressure wound therapy device to be used without foam or gauze, according to the Hingham, Mass. company. The PWD is a transparent dressing with an integral adhesive base and a permanently embossed, impermeable membrane that combines the traditional functions of the negative-pressure wound therapy membrane and foam/gauze in currently marketed negative-pressure devices. When the negative-pressure p...
Source: Mass Device - January 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Business/Financial News Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Wound Care appliedtissuetechnologies Source Type: news

Scanner Helps Find Areas Most at Risk to Develop Pressure Ulcers
Bruin Biometrics (BBI) is looking to shake up the way patients are assessed for pressure ulcers with its SEM scanner. FDA granted de novo marketing authorization for the device which can help uncover a patient’s risk for bedsores and gauge whether there is tissue damage. The current standard for assessing pressure ulcers requires clinicians or healthcare givers to visually inspect patients' skin and remember to turn them over in their beds every few hours. The current standard also relies on risk assessment scales that judge which patients are most at risk for developing pressure ulcers and monitor them. ...
Source: MDDI - January 9, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Sterilization Source Type: news

Bruin Biometrics ’ bedsore scanner wins de novo FDA approval
  Bruin Biometrics’ SEM Scanner Bruin Biometrics said it has landed FDA de novo clearance for its SEM Scanner, a wireless, handheld device to help assess patients at increased risk for pressure ulcers. The scanner is a novel device that can objectively alert clinicians to specific anatomical areas of a patient’s body at increased risk for developing pressure damage before that damage is visible at the skin surface. Pressure sores typically appear at areas of bony prominence, such as the heels and sacrum. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing. The post Bruin Biometrics...
Source: Mass Device - January 7, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Source Type: news

Acelity ’ s KCI inks NPWT remote monitoring deal with insurer Highmark
Acelity subsidiary KCI said this week that it inked a negative pressure wound therapy remote monitoring deal, using its iOn Progress remote therapy monitoring program, with health insurer Highmark, touting it as the first such agreement of its kind. The San Antonio-based company’s KCI iOn monitoring program is intended for use with the ACTIV.A.C therapy system, and includes monitoring, engagement and adherence components. KCI said that a remote monitoring device attached to the ACTIV.A.C system allows it to transmit data to KCI, where a team of virtual therapy specialists analyze data and use it to support ...
Source: Mass Device - December 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Patient Monitoring Wound Care Acelity Kinetic Concepts Inc. Source Type: news

NHS aims to become 'world's safest health service'
It plans to cut avoidable harm in key areas including sepsis, pressure ulcers and infections Related items fromOnMedica Plans to move patients out of long-stay hospitals NHS is failing patients with mental health problems Practices need to seize the opportunity of consolidating IT systems Hunt announces 11 hospital trusts in special measures Building an inclusive digital health and care service (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Study concludes effectiveness of aloe vera in preventing pressure ulcers in hospitalized patients
(Natural News) Pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers — commonly known as bedsores — are common complications among hospitalized patients. A new study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found a natural way of treating and preventing these ulcers using aloe vera gel. Pressure ulcers are areas of damaged skin, primarily caused by... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study concludes effectiveness of aloe vera for preventing pressure ulcers in hospitalized patients
(Natural News) Pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers — commonly known as bedsores — are common complications among hospitalized patients. A new study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found a natural way of treating and preventing these ulcers using aloe vera gel. Pressure ulcers are areas of damaged skin, primarily caused by... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospice wins award for innovation in pressure ulcer prevention
A hospice in North East England has received national recognition for its “pioneering” use of technology to prevent pressure ulcers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 30, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cumbria nurses help reduce hospital pressure ulcers by 61%
A leading nurse has said “continual push and motivation” from care staff is behind her trust’s success in slicing the number of patients experiencing pressure ulcers in hospital by 61% in two years. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pressure Ulcer Rates Only Decreasing for Less Severe Sores
TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 -- The incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) is much lower based on administrative data than chart review data, and decreases in incidence appear to be only seen with less severe sores, according to a study... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Smith & Nephew launches portable negative pressure wound therapy system
  [Image from Smith & Nephew]Smith & Nephew announced today that it has launched its Pico 7Y single-use negative pressure wound therapy system (sNPWT) in Europe. The system features AirLock technology and includes an integrated Y extension that allows for two dressings to be used from one pump to allow for two wounds to be treated at the same time. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing. The post Smith & Nephew launches portable negative pressure wound therapy system appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - October 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Wound Care Smith & Nephew Source Type: news

Negative-pressure Wound Therapy May Curb Laparotomy Infections Negative-pressure Wound Therapy May Curb Laparotomy Infections
Pooled data suggest that prophylactic wound dressings under negative pressure can reduce surgical site infections (SSI) in closed laparotomy incisions, according to researchers in Ireland.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - October 5, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Judge slaps lawyers with $1.4m in fines over $645m KCI trade theft case
A federal judge this week slapped lawyers representing Healthcare Essentials in a trade theft lawsuit brought by Acelity subsidiary Kinetic Concepts Inc. with some $1.4 million in fines for their part in the case. Earlier this month KCI was awarded $645 million in damages after winning the suit. KCI accused Healthcare Essentials  of stealing its VAC negative pressure wound therapy, rebranding and selling it as its own. In that decision, Judge Benita Pearson, of the U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio, found that defendants engaged in “flagrant discovery abuses,” including filing false...
Source: Mass Device - September 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Legal News Wound Care Acelity Health Essentials Kinetic Concepts Inc. Source Type: news

23andMe considers premium test, Mira at-home fertility test launches, and more digital health news briefs
Also: Two telemedicine companies expand their reach, a new sensor for preventing pressure ulcers. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - September 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Acelity ’ s KCI wins $645m in trade theft suit
Acelity subsidiary Kinetic Concepts Inc was awarded $645 million in trebled damages in a suit against Healthcare Essentials Inc in which KCI alleges that the company stole its VAC negative pressure wound therapy technology, rebranded it and sold it as its own, according to recently released court documents. US District Judge Benita Pearson said that defendants in the case, which included Healthcare Essentials and select executives from the company, engaged in “flagrant discovery abuses,” including filing false affidavits, refusing to produce relevant communications and documents, fabricating invoices ...
Source: Mass Device - September 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Legal News Acelity Kinetic Concepts Inc. Source Type: news

UIC to lead study of negative pressure wound therapy in obese and diabetic patients
(University of Illinois at Chicago) With a $1.7 million, two-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers in the University of Illinois at Chicago Epicenter for Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections -- one of six such centers funded by the CDC -- will determine whether negative pressure wound therapy can help reduce the incidents of surgical site infections in obese and diabetic patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

It ’ s time to value our carers
If there was just one point that Mandy Buckley could convince her employer of, it would be to value carers properly. “I’ve been a carer for 17 years now,” she says. Mandy is part of Birmingham City Council’s enablement team – a dedicated, qualified and experienced group that is “the first port of call when somebody comes out of hospital”. Patients are first assessed in hospital before being discharged. Then the enablement team takes up the baton. Initially, the team works with the discharged person for up to six weeks as a care provider, all the while continuing to assess what sort...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article adult social care Birmingham care workers local government Source Type: news

It ’ s time to value our care workers
If there was just one point that Mandy Buckley could convince her employer of, it would be to value care workers properly. “I’ve been a care worker for 17 years now,” she says. Mandy is part of Birmingham City Council’s enablement team – a dedicated, qualified and experienced group that is “the first port of call when somebody comes out of hospital”. Patients are first assessed in hospital before being discharged. Then the enablement team takes up the baton. Initially, the team works with the discharged person for up to six weeks as a care provider, all the while continuing to asse...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 3, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article adult social care Birmingham care workers local government Source Type: news

Campaign to 'end PJ paralysis' saved 710,000 hospital days
A national campaign to end “pyjama paralysis” has helped reduce falls and pressure ulcers and cut the length of time people spent in hospital, according to an evaluation. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Tamarack ’s GlideWear helps kids with painful skin condition
Photo by Alison Bents Photography for Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. A company that makes ultra-low-friction fabric for people with burn injuries, amputations and pressure sores has launched a clothing line for children with a painful skin condition. Known as “butterfly children,” these patients have epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare genetic disorder in which their bodies do not produce a protein that would enable the skin to adhere to itself. Their extremely fragile skin blisters and tears from minor friction or trauma, making it seem as fragile as the wings of a butterfly. When officials with low-f...
Source: Mass Device - July 31, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Pediatrics Wound Care Tamarack Habilitation Technologies Inc. University of Minnesota Source Type: news

IRF and LTCH QRP Webinar Section M: Skin Conditions (Pressure Ulcer/Injury)
September 4, 2018 2:00-3:30pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trust ’s nurses celebrate 19 months free of serious pressure ulcers
A department at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that cares for frail and elderly patients is celebrating a 19-month stint without a severe hospital-acquired pressure ulcer. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: July 13, 2018
[Image from unsplash.com]From Angiodroid receiving CE Mark approval to Masimo launching its vital signs app, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Angiodroid wins CE Mark for Angiopulse IABP Angiodroid announced in a July 11 press release that it has received CE Mark approval for its AngioPulse intra-aortic balloon pump device. The AngioPulse uses a new system for intra-aortic balloon pumps based on pressure regulation. It is designed for weaning solutions and is suitable for all types of patients needing intra-aortic balloon pump therapy. 2. Visura Technol...
Source: Mass Device - July 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging Patient Monitoring Regulatory/Compliance Surgical Ultrasound angiodroid Healcerio Lipogems Masimo MedTech Oculocare ReDress Visura Technologies Source Type: news

Guidance sets out change in pressure ulcer recording at end of life
Nurses must stop attempting to distinguish between “avoidable” and “unavoidable” pressure ulcers to help ensure all are properly investigated, says new official reporting guidance. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 12, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: New scanner ‘reduces pressure ulcer rate in hospice’
The first trial of a pioneering new skin damage scanning device in an end of life setting has indicated that its use by nurses can reduce pressure ulcers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 9, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UK’s NICE Publishes a Medtech Innovation Briefing on PICO(TM) for the Prophylactic Use in Surgically Closed Incisions to Reduce Surgical Site Complications
LONDON and NEW YORK, July 3, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN) (NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, announces that the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a Medt... Devices, Surgery, Wound Care Smith & Nephew, PICO , Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, NPWT (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

152 severe bedsores reported at Nova Scotia long-term care facilities
The Department of Health ordered all long-term care homes to report pressure ulcers. The data comes as police investigate the case of Chrissy Dunnington, who died with a severe bedsore. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Negative Pressure Wound Tx No Benefit for Lower Limb Open Fx
WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 -- Use of a negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for severe open fracture of the lower limb is not associated with improved self-rated disability at 12 months, compared with standard wound dressing, according to a study... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Turning Surgeons Into Innovators Without Taking Them Out of the OR
Academic hospitals have all the makings for rich medical device development. They have physicians to identify surgical needs, researchers to test theories, bioengineers to design and create devices and patients to participate in clinical trials. However, disconnect between engineering and surgical departments makes innovation a challenge. So does surgeons' all-consuming job Number One—treating patients. Surgical Innovations, part of the University of California, San Francisco's Department of Surgery and Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, aims to open communication between clinical academic surgeons and bioeng...
Source: MDDI - June 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Heather R. Johnson Tags: R & D Source Type: news

Rise in 'preventable' emergency readmissions to hospital
Undiagnosed pneumonia and pressure sores are behind the rise in hospitals in England. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Care for a Pressure Sore
-- A pressure sore is an area of the body that breaks down because something keeps rubbing or pressing against the skin. A pressure sore can develop if you use a wheelchair or stay in bed for long periods, have a disease that affects blood flow,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 25, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health Tip: Care for a Pressure Sore
Title: Health Tip: Care for a Pressure SoreCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/25/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/25/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - May 25, 2018 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Therapies After Autograft Failure in a Patient With Melanoma Therapies After Autograft Failure in a Patient With Melanoma
This report describes a case of amelanotic melanoma of the foot initially diagnosed and treated as a pressure ulcer.Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Nursing ‘on the brink’ because of staff shortages, warns RCN report
Basic nursing care like helping people go to the toilet, providing pain relief and preventing pressure ulcers is not getting done, because of staffing shortages, warn nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia have lower mortality rate with hip surgery
(Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research) Researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife's Institute for Aging Research and Brown University have conducted the first study to examine outcomes in nursing home residents with advanced dementia and hip fracture. They discovered that advanced dementia residents have a lower mortality rate after 6 months, if they undergo surgical repair. Those advanced dementia patients managed with surgery also reported less pain and fewer pressure ulcers than those whose proxies chose a palliative care approach in lieu of surgery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

For fewer cast-related ailments in dogs, researchers find taller casts a better fit
(Morris Animal Foundation) Dogs fitted with longer casts for hind-leg injuries or ailments should see fewer pressure sores and soft tissue complications than dogs with shorter casts, said Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Specialist nurse predicts scanner will replace scores in ulcer care
A senior tissue viability nurse plans to ditch traditional pressure ulcer risk assessment in favour of a hand-held scanner that can detect changes in the skin invisible to the naked eye. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 20, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Organogenesis launches new sizing option for PuraPly wound care device
MIT-spinoff Organogenesis announced today that its PuraPly antimicrobial wound care device is now available in a 1.6-cm disc size. The Canton, Mass.-based company’s PuraPly AM product includes a broad-spectrum antibiotic, polyhexamethylene biguanide, embedded into a purified native collagen matrix. The device is cleared to treat an array of wound types, including pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, trauma wounds and diabetic ulcers. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Organogenesis launches new sizing option for PuraPly wound care device appeared first on MassDevi...
Source: Mass Device - March 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Wound Care Organogenesis Inc. Source Type: news

Flubromazolam: a potent designer benzodiazepine
Flubromazolam 3 out of 5 stars Flubromazolam — A new life-threatening designer benzodiazepine. Lukasik-Glebocka M et al. Clin Toxicol 2016;54:66-68. Abstract Last month, the Peoria (IL) Journal-Star reported that local police had seized samples of two rarely seen designer sedatives: flubromazolam (alleged street name “liquid Xanax“) and etizolam. This paper from Poland presents a case report of flubromazolam exposure. A 27-year-old male known to use psychotropic drugs was brought to hospital after being found unconscious at home. On arrival he was comatose with a Glasgow Coma Scale of 3. On...
Source: The Poison Review - February 28, 2018 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical benzodiazepine analog designer drug etizolam flubromazolam liquid xanax sedative-hypnotic Source Type: news

Admin support role for nurses ‘improves patient care’
Patient falls and pressure ulcers have been reduced since two hospital nurses successfully lobbied for an administrative assistant to be appointed to support them, they have told Nursing Times. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Smith & Nephew touts results from Allevyn Life adhesive dressing hip fracture trial
Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) today released the results from a trial of its Allevyn Life multi-layer silicone adhesive foam dressing, touting that its addition to standard care protocols reduces the onset of pressure ulcers by 71% in elderly patients being treated for hip fracture. The trial was published in the International Wound Journal, the London-based company said. “Hip fractures in the elderly are a serious problem due to the high rate of mortality and complications such as pressure ulcers, which occur mainly in the sacral area. Preventive measures play an important role in increasing quality of care, re...
Source: Mass Device - February 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Orthopedics Wound Care Smith & Nephew Source Type: news

Acelity to layoff 68 San Antonio employees
Wound care company Acelity is set to lay off 68 employees in San Antonio, Texas, according to a report from the San Antonio Express-News. The employees are slated to be released from their positions on May 8, according to a Workforce Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice from the Texas Workforce Commission posted this week. “While decisions that affect our valued employees are extremely difficult, health care is rapidly changing and we are taking steps to evolve and grow Acelity to meet both the demands of the marketplace and our customers. We have made some changes to our IT organization that will give u...
Source: Mass Device - February 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Wound Care Acelity Source Type: news

Hertfordshire nurses celebrate ‘much improved’ ulcer incidence
A hospital trust that used to report one pressure ulcer nearly every day has seen rates drop to an all-time low thanks to the efforts of specialist nurses and training for ward staff. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 6, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Leaf Healthcare touts reduced pressure injuries in Leaf wearable sensor study
This study is an important step towards redefining the standard of care for pressure injury prevention,” CEO and co-founder Barrett Larson said in a press release. Leaf’s patient monitor system is composed of a wearable wireless sensor designed to track patient movement and notify caregivers to prevent immobility-related health complications, such as pressure ulcers or injuries. Data included information from 1,200 patients over 100,000 hours, with individuals randomized to either a control group or a treatment group in which the Leaf sensor was used to encourage patient repositioning. Primary and secondar...
Source: Mass Device - January 23, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Patient Monitoring Leaf Healthcare Source Type: news

Smith & Nephew touts lower readmission rates for bundled joint procedure packages
Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) is touting a 97.3% decrease in readmission rates for joint arthroplasties using its Episode of Care Assurance Program, a bundled payment option designed to reward good patient outcomes. Working with group purchasing organization Provider PPI, the British orthopedics and wound care giant’s eCAP program combines its hip and knee implants, Pico negative-pressure wound therapy and Acticoat Flex 7 antimicrobial barrier dressings. Among some 1,380 total joint arthroplasties over the past 14 months performed using the program, there were only two readmissions, Smith & Nephew said....
Source: Mass Device - January 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Orthopedics Smith & Nephew valuebasedhealthcare Source Type: news