Negative pressure wound therapy does not cut infection risk in obese women after cesarean delivery
Obese women are more likely to have cesarean delivery and more likely to develop an infection at the surgical site. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - September 22, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Negative pressure wound therapy does not cut infection risk in obese women after cesarean
(NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) does not appear to lower the risk of infection for obese women after cesarean delivery, suggests a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The treatment involves placing a low-pressure pump over a closed surgical wound to create negative air pressure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Wound therapy device might not lower infection risk in women with obesity after C-section
(Indiana University School of Medicine) Indiana University School of Medicine researchers are learning more about ways to prevent infections in women with obesity who have cesarean delivery. The multi-site study revealed using prophylactic negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) does not appear to lower the risk of infection for this high-risk group. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pressure Injury Critical Element Pathway
Please complete the form to download a Pressure Injury Critical Element Pathway. Name*Email* Select a Choice*I am a ClinicianI work in an Assisted Living FacilityI work in a Long Term Care FacilityI am a patientI am a family member of resident with a woundOther / I just want the infoHow they prefer to be contactedBy phoneBy emailPhonePlease send me notifications about: Blog Posts Newsletters Product News By subscribing, you agree to receive contact, offers, promotions and other company (or affiliates) messages. You ...
Source: Advanced Tissue - September 21, 2020 Category: Dermatology Authors: Alice Strange Tags: Resource wound care pressure ulcers Pressure Injury Source Type: news

What Are Systemic Disease Causes of Oral Ulcers?
Discussion Oral ulcers are common problems seen by dentists but pediatricians also see them. Usually families have are concerned because they are painful and acute. Ulcers are sometime noticed by the physician and not the family as in the case of herpangina or hand-foot and mouth disease. Chronic or recurrent ulcerations present less commonly and therefore it may be more difficult to determine their etiology. Many of the systemic disease causes of oral ulcers are overall infrequent and/or not common in the pediatric age range. Ulcers can be classified in several ways but acute ulcers are usually painful and last less tha...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 21, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Negative-pressure wound therapy compared with standard dressings following surgical treatment of major trauma to the lower limb: the WHiST RCT , NIHR
This UK study (n=1548) found no evidence of a difference between negative pressure wound therapy and standard dressings in rate of deep surgical site infection, disability, quality of life or scar appearance in patients having surgery for major trauma to the limbs. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I'm disabled but was told I won't receive critical care if I get Covid. It's terrifying
I use a ventilation machine at night and by early March, I could see that if I were to catch coronavirus, I ’d be in serious troubleTowards the end of last year, I ’d just got my life back on track after a long stay in hospital. I was discharged with round-the-clock care that transformed my life.I am disabled and the care package I was on before I was admitted to hospital didn ’t provide enough support; I was admitted to a ward with problems associated with a lack of care, including malnutrition and serious pressure sores. But then I was given a personal health budget from my local authority, with respons...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Anonymous as told to Sarah Johnson Tags: Disability Society Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Science Social care Local government Politics UK news Care workers Hospitals Society Professionals Source Type: news

Staging and Treatment of Pressure Injuries: Competency Workshop
1.0 Contact Hour Available: This program will discuss the stages of pressure injuries and debridement methods. A review of product categories and indication for use are reviewed in preparation for the workshop. Using your corporate specific Treatment Guidelines, you will select the appropriate treatment for each of the wounds in the workshop section. By Carolyn Brown, BS, MEd, RN, ARM, CWS, FACCWS, and Advanced Tissue’s Clinical Consultant The post Staging and Treatment of Pressure Injuries: Competency Workshop appeared first on Advanced Tissue. (Source: Advanced Tissue)
Source: Advanced Tissue - August 8, 2020 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Webinar pressure ulcers 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 - July 24, 2020 Category: Dermatology Authors: Alice Strange Tags: Webinar pressure ulcers Source Type: news

Preventing Pressure Injury Litigation
1.0 Contact Hour Available: This webinar recording examines the increasing probability of litigation in LTC regarding pressure ulcer management and discusses opportunities for minimizing the risk of malpractice and improving documentation of quality care. By Carolyn Brown, BS, MEd, RN, ARM, CWS, FACCWS, and Advanced Tissue’s Clinical Consultant The post Preventing Pressure Injury Litigation appeared first on Advanced Tissue. (Source: Advanced Tissue)
Source: Advanced Tissue - July 18, 2020 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Webinar pressure ulcers Source Type: news

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Effective for Postop Abdominal Wound Healing Problems Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Effective for Postop Abdominal Wound Healing Problems
Negative pressure-wound therapy is an effective option for subcutaneous abdominal wound healing impairment after surgery, although it's tied to more complications than conventional therapy, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 27, 2020 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Smith and Nephew Announces US Launch of Pico(TM) 14 Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System for Use On High Risk Surgical Patients
LONDON, March 3, 2020 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Smith & Nephew (LSE:SN,NYSE:SNN), the global medical technology business, today announces the US launch of the new PICO 14 Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (sNPWT) which h... Devices, Wound Care, Product Launch Smith & Nephew, PICO 14, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, NPWT (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 3, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Effect of Incisional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy vs Standard Wound Dressing on Deep Surgical Site Infection After Surgery for Lower Limb Fractures Associated With Major Trauma The WHIST Randomized Clinical Trial
The findings of this study do not support the use of incisional negative pressure wound therapy for surgical wounds associated with lower limb fractures from major trauma, although the event rate at 30 days was lower than expected. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Platelet-Rich Plasma Improves Healing of Pressure Ulcers Platelet-Rich Plasma Improves Healing of Pressure Ulcers
A new study finds that treatment with autologous platelet-rich plasma may be an effective means of accelerating pressure ulcer healing.Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Bedside Wound Care Teams Effects on Pressure Ulcer Outcomes Bedside Wound Care Teams Effects on Pressure Ulcer Outcomes
Might the implementation of specialized wound care surgeon-led bedside teams lead to improved pressure ulcer outcomes and decreased healing times?Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

The Risk Factors of Pressure Ulcer After Liver Resection The Risk Factors of Pressure Ulcer After Liver Resection
Are certain factors associated with the development of postoperative pressure ulcer after liver resection?Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

High-Tech Mattresses Not Much Better Than Foam at Preventing Pressure Ulcers High-Tech Mattresses Not Much Better Than Foam at Preventing Pressure Ulcers
At best, high-tech alternating-pressure mattresses (APM) may offer"small but significant early benefit" in preventing pressure ulcers (PUs) compared with high-specification foam (HSF), according to a new randomized controlled trial (RCT).Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - September 13, 2019 Category: Surgery Tags: News Source Type: news

Argentum Targets Emerging Superbug with Antimicrobial Dressing
Argentum Medical’s antimicrobial dressings received an extra bit of validation after strong results from recent lab findings. The Geneva, IL-based company’s Silverlon antimicrobial dressing was found to effectively kill Candida Auris (C. Auris), the emerging “superbug” causing invasive, potentially fatal human infection in more than 30 countries, including the U.S. Argentum Medical commissioned Microbiological Consultants, an independent FDA-registered pharmaceutical testing laboratory, to establish if its metallic wound dressings can destroy C. Auris ...
Source: MDDI - September 12, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Materials Source Type: news

Medical Device Manufacturing Trends: Finding Simplicity Amid Complexity
Manufacturing trends for medical applications using pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) can be as diverse as the products the PSAs hold together, whether wearables, wound care solutions, diagnostic instruments, or ostomy devices. Yet there is some common ground. One of the overarching trends can be summed up as follows: The simpler the supply chain, the better. Device manufacturers and their supply chain partners are always looking for ways to leverage manufacturing strategies that are stable, scalable and efficient. Yet at the same time, device performance requirements can be quite complex. It may seem paradoxical, but so...
Source: MDDI - August 1, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Deepak Prakash Tags: Contract Manufacturing Source Type: news

Marketing Your Medical Technology for Outpatient Use: Five Strategies for Success
Profits are shrinking at many U.S. healthcare systems. Their inpatient costs are increasing, while their admissions and revenues remain flat. In response, organizations are shifting their care-delivery strategies away from the costly inpatient setting to more cost-effective outpatient settings. Many companies see this shift and are investing to reflect it. However, simply labeling a product for outpatient use is not enough. In today’s value-based care environment, the bar for outpatient use is even higher than that for inpatient use. The shift in care delivery demands a shift in R&D and ma...
Source: MDDI - July 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tom Dudnyk Tags: Business Source Type: news

Extracellular Matrix With NPWT Aids Pressure Ulcer Healing Extracellular Matrix With NPWT Aids Pressure Ulcer Healing
A porcine-based wound matrix dressing used in conjunction with NPWT may aid in the wound healing process.Wounds (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for Surgical-Site Infections Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for Surgical-Site Infections
Can negative pressure wound therapy effectively prevent surgical-site infections after abdominal surgery?Annals of Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Journal Article Source Type: news

NICE backs single use negative pressure wound dressings
The PICO Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (SNPWT) should be “considered as an option” for closed surgical incisions in patients who are at high risk of surgical site infections, according to latest guidance on medical devices from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 13, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS litigation bill for pressure ulcers soars 53% in three years
Pressure ulcers cost the NHS more than £20m in litigation last year, show new figures that reveal the number of claims has increased sharply in recent years. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 8, 2019 Category: Nursing 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

Negative pressure wound therapy: manufacturer data provided later allow benefit conclusion
(Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care) Hint and indication of benefit for primary and secondary wound healing, respectively. But studies still concealed. Comments on preliminary report 'primary wound healing' possible until April 29, 2019. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Smith & Nephew to acquire patient monitor dev Leaf Healthcare
Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) said today that it inked a deal to acquire patient monitoring system developer Leaf Healthcare for an undisclosed amount. London-based Smith & Nephew said that the acquisition follows a successful two-year partnership deal with Pleasanton, Calif.-based Leaf Healthcare in which Smith & Nephew served as its exclusive distributor and as a strategic investor. Leaf Healthcare’s flagship product is their Leaf patient monitoring system, which features a wearable wireless sensor designed to track patient movement and notify caregivers to prevent immobility-related health c...
Source: Mass Device - April 1, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat Leaf Healthcare Smith & Nephew 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

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