An emerging trend in wound care research is the use of probiotics and healthy bacteria to prevent infection.
You may have heard the phrase “good bacteria” in reference to the gut-residing microorganisms that aid digestion. Whereas clinicians have long known that these bacteria are an important part of the digestive system, little is known about the bacteria of the human skin microbiome. As the amount of antibacterial-resistant bacteria increases, wound infections become increasingly fatal due to lack of treatment methods. Recent wound care research has focused on the human skin microbiome as a source of alternative wound infection therapies. An emerging trend in wound care research is the use of probiotics and healthy bacteria to prevent infection.
Sepsis is getting the attention it deserves.
Sepsis, a degenerative condition caused by the body’s response to wound infection that can result in tissue damage, organ failure and potential death, has become an increasingly severe problem worldwide. The disastrous nature of the global ailment has pushed the World Health Organization and the World Health Assembly to create a resolution to better prevent, treat and inform the world about sepsis.
People should be mindful of their shoes, especially when hiking is involved.
Now that spring is in full force, families can take advantage of the longer days by spending as much time outside as possible. While there are many activities these groups can do together, one of the most popular is camping. According to the 2017 North American Camping Reports, compared to 2016 data, 13 million U.S. more households plan to camp in 2017.As people start planning these outings, it’s important to think about doing so safely.
Researchers hope to reduce the health care costs of surgical site infections with an innovative device.
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are wound infections that occur after operations as the result of bacteria entering the incision site. There are several different forms of SSIs, including those that affect the outer layers of the skin and others that impact internal organs.
SSIs infect up to 300,000 people per year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This places a large financial burden on the health care system, as illustrated by a 2014 report in the journal Patient Safety in Surgery, which found that one SSI infection can cost over $20,000 to treat.
However, a recently unveiled device promises new hope in combating these harmful SSIs.
Scientists have created a new camera to help treat bacterial infections.
A number of studies and research projects have recently emerged about cameras and their use in wound care treatment. For instance, a 2014 study found that photographic documentation might help people with hard-to-see wounds. People who couldn’t see their wounds were less likely to care for them regularly. Then, in late 2015, another team of Italian scientists developed a special camera to aid with early wound diagnosis. The camera uses infrared light to detect a wound’s temperature, which is helpful in tracking wound healing and watching out for infections.
Now, according to a press release, English researchers have created a new camera device that specifically detects bacteria.