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Pressure ulcers are commonly called bed sores or pressure sores. They are skin lesions that may also affect underlying tissues and are caused when the skin or the tissues are put under repeated and regular pressure or stress.
Nuo Therapeutics initiates phase 4 study of Aurix™ under CMS coverage with evidence development program

Nuo Therapeutics initiates phase 4 study of Aurix™ under CMS coverage with evidence development program

Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQX:NUOT), a pioneer in biodynamic therapies, today announced the initiation of a new clinical study (Au Study) that is comprised of three randomized controlled protocols that examine the efficacy of Aurix™, a biodynamic hematogel, for use in diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers and pressure ulcers (bed sores). [More]
Leaf Healthcare's wireless patient monitoring system can improve pressure ulcer prevention processes

Leaf Healthcare's wireless patient monitoring system can improve pressure ulcer prevention processes

Clinicians from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, will demonstrate that Leaf Healthcare's new, wireless patient monitoring system can significantly improve a caregiver's pressure ulcer prevention processes. Their presentation will take place at the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Biennial Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week. [More]

Joerns RecoverCare introduces unique mattress coverlet system to support wound care

Joerns RecoverCare has launched ClimateCare; a unique mattress coverlet system that provides microclimate management. When used in conjunction with a pressure redistribution mattress, ClimateCare is designed to address the root causes of tissue breakdown through the management of temperature and moisture (microclimate) at the interface between the patient's skin and the therapy support surface. [More]
Minnesota hospitals prevent patient harms, save $93 million in health spending

Minnesota hospitals prevent patient harms, save $93 million in health spending

Minnesota hospitals and health systems have prevented more than 12,000 patients from being harmed and saved more than $93 million as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010-13. Nationwide, hospitals prevented 1.3 million patient harms and saved more than $12 billion in health spending, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [More]
EHOB announces release of Position Perfect System

EHOB announces release of Position Perfect System

EHOB, Inc., a leading provider of affordable products effective in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, is announcing today the release of the Position Perfect System. Designed as a unique turning, transferring and positioning system, it not only complies with facility turning protocols but also protects patients from added pressure and shearing forces. [More]
Study: Blue light proves to have powerful bacteria-killing ability

Study: Blue light proves to have powerful bacteria-killing ability

Blue light has proven to have powerful bacteria-killing ability in the laboratory. The potent antibacterial effects of irradiation using light in the blue spectra have now also been demonstrated in human and animal tissues. A series of groundbreaking articles that provide compelling evidence of this effect are published in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]
New tool provides first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management

New tool provides first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management

Nurses caring for ostomy patients will now be equipped with an essential new tool that provides them with the first comprehensive guide to optimize ostomy management and enhance patient safety. [More]
Loyola nurses eliminate risk of pressure ulcers in infants born prematurely

Loyola nurses eliminate risk of pressure ulcers in infants born prematurely

Infants born prematurely are at a significantly increased risk for pressure ulcers, yet nurses at Loyola University Health System have been able to eliminate this threat for patients in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. [More]
Rates of hospital-acquired bedsores not accurate tool for comparing hospital quality, says report

Rates of hospital-acquired bedsores not accurate tool for comparing hospital quality, says report

​The data Medicare uses to publicly report hospital rates of patients developing pressure ulcers (or bedsores) is not an accurate source for comparing hospitals on how well they prevent the condition, says a new University of Michigan study. [More]
Researchers report higher number of pressure ulcers in pediatrics

Researchers report higher number of pressure ulcers in pediatrics

A new study has uncovered a problem in pediatrics thought to be a major issue only in adult medicine: pressure ulcers. [More]
Pediatric nurse scientist awarded AACN Impact Research Grant

Pediatric nurse scientist awarded AACN Impact Research Grant

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently awarded a $50,000 AACN Impact Research Grant to Martha A.Q. Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN, a leading clinical scientist in pediatric critical care nursing. [More]
AACN awards Impact Research Grant to Detroit palliative care expert

AACN awards Impact Research Grant to Detroit palliative care expert

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently awarded an AACN Impact Research Grant to Margaret "Meg" Campbell, RN, PhD, FAAN, a nationally known expert in hospital-based palliative care and end-of-life issues. [More]
Sophisticated IT leads to more robust and integrated communication strategies in clinical staff

Sophisticated IT leads to more robust and integrated communication strategies in clinical staff

The federal government invested more than $25 billion in health information technology (IT) as a result of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act; yet, little is known about how IT applications improve patient safety and protect their privacy. Now, a University of Missouri nursing informatics expert suggests that sophisticated IT leads to more robust and integrated communication strategies among clinical staff, which allows staff to more efficiently coordinate care and better protect patient privacy. [More]
Alcohol and antibiotics: an interview with Dr Randall

Alcohol and antibiotics: an interview with Dr Randall

Contrary to popular belief, there are only a handful of antibiotics that can interact with alcohol to cause unpleasant effects. The two main antibiotics you should definitely avoid drinking alcohol with are metronidazole (brand names include Flagyl) and tinidazole (brand names include Fasigyn). [More]
Dietary fish oil supplements could help heal bedsores

Dietary fish oil supplements could help heal bedsores

Chock-full of Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, fish oil can help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation in the skin and joints, and promote healthy fetal development. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher has found that it has a positive effect on bedsores, too. [More]
Textile pressure ulcer prevention

Textile pressure ulcer prevention

The skin is the most versatile of our organs: It protects the body from environmental effects, contributes to the body's immune system and supports metabolic functions such as breathing. [More]
Direct link between pressure ulcers, patient mortality and increased hospitalization

Direct link between pressure ulcers, patient mortality and increased hospitalization

A new clinical study spearheaded by the dean of UCLA's School of Nursing has found a direct correlation between pressure ulcers - commonly known as bedsores - and patient mortality and increased hospitalization. [More]
Antibiotics: facts and fictions: an interview with Dr Philippa Binns, clinical adviser at NPS MedicineWise

Antibiotics: facts and fictions: an interview with Dr Philippa Binns, clinical adviser at NPS MedicineWise

Antibiotics are medicines used to treat infections or diseases caused by bacteria, such as some respiratory tract infections (including pneumonia and whooping cough), urinary tract infections, skin infections and infected wounds. [More]

Kinetic Concepts launches Skin IQ 1000 MCM to help prevent and treat stage I-IV pressure ulcers

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) announced today the U.S. launch of the Skin IQ 1000 Microclimate Manager (MCM) by its Therapeutic Support Systems (TSS) business. [More]
Agencies place unqualified, possibly criminal caregivers in homes of vulnerable seniors

Agencies place unqualified, possibly criminal caregivers in homes of vulnerable seniors

If you hire a caregiver from an agency for an elderly family member, you might assume the person had undergone a thorough criminal background check and drug testing, was experienced and trained for the job. [More]