Doctors have used a cancer medication to treat sepsis in mice.
According to the Mayo Clinic, sepsis is when a bacterial infection makes its way into the bloodstream. If left untreated, sepsis can lead to tissue and organ death. Most people can usually recover from mild forms of sepsis. However, once septic shock sets in – the latter stage that involves altered mental status and reduced cardiac function – mortality rates increase to nearly 50 percent. According to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1.2 million people were hospitalized for sepsis in 2008 alone.
To more effectively combat the dangers of sepsis, researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have experimented with a series of treatments. One of the more potent methods for beating sepsis comes from a most unlikely source: a cancer-fighting drug.
Case studies are an important way to learn the scope of most wound care regimens.
In some way or another, we’ve all had experiences with a wound care regimen to some degree. It could have been just a minor injury, or part of a long-term treatment to address chronic wounds. Even the same kinds of wounds and infections behave differently depending on the patient. Understanding this nuance is one way to better prepare yourself in case you’ll require wound care down the line.
It’s for that very reason we present the latest in a series of wound care case studies, powerful examples that help inform and educate the average patient. Here are two especially interesting examples:
Caring for diabetic foot ulcers improperly can lead to increased risk for complications like infections.
Preventing and caring for diabetic foot ulcers is a top priority for anyone with diabetes. Approximately 15-25% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. If left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can quickly become infected, require advanced wound care treatment, and may lead to amputation or an increased risk of serious health problems. Without the right preventative care plan, diabetic foot ulcers can cost a few thousand dollars to treat for the early stages to over $100,000 for infection care and amputation. Fortunately, this can all be prevented by caring for diabetic foot ulcers before they become infected and costly.
Doctor-prescribed advanced wound care dressings are vital to the healing of chronic leg ulcers.
For patients coping with vein disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other diseases that compromise the circulatory system, leg ulcers represent a potentially serious risk that could lead to health complications. According to American Family Physician, venous ulcers are the most common type of lower extremity ulcerations and affect 1% of adults living in the U.S. Venous ulcers are often chronic wounds, known for recurring and persisting for weeks or even years without proper treatment. The best place to start the wound healing process for chronic leg ulcers is with a doctor’s prescription for advanced wound care products.
Your podiatry supplies should include multiple dressings prescribed by your doctor.
Foot and lower leg wounds require specialized wound care, particularly in patients who are at high risk for complications. People with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, or anyone susceptible to blood clotting need different types of podiatry supplies to treat lower extremity wounds. From moisture control bandages to compression stockings, using the right podiatry supplies is essential for wound care treatment success.