A new polymer could yield promising defense against drug-resistant bacteria that cause wound infections.
Superbugs are one of the most worrisome of all the modern medical scourges. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria are plentiful, resulting in more than 2 million illnesses annually, according to the Harvard School of Medicine.
To improve the medical community’s odds of effectively combating these superbugs, researchers across the globe have developed a number of new and innovative techniques. For instance, a team from Columbia University has used specialized UV light to destroy the bacteria. Meanwhile, a group from the U.K. found that chemical manipulation can impede this bacteria.
A PhD student at the University of Melbourne has recently unveiled another exciting form of therapy that can prevent wound infections. And while this new method is still in the early stages, it is already being heralded as having the potential to change the entire scope of modern medicine, as The Telegraph reported.
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.
A new study has found that crocodile blood has wound healing capabilities.
In recent months, we have heard of a number of animal-related products and research studies that have profound implications for the wound care industry. Whether wound dressings made to simulate spider webs or using tilapia to improve wound healing rates, there are a number of hugely beneficial animal species. If there’s one creature you would might not assume to be helpful, the crocodile might come to mind. After all, saltwater crocodiles are responsible for 2,000 deaths each year, per the U.K.’s Telegraph. As it turns out, though, the crocodile may have a wealth of health benefits for humans.
Researchers are working on a new way to treat burn wound sepsis.
According to a 2015 review in the Journal of Critical Care of the 40,000 burn-related hospitalizations that occur each year, 3,400 people end up dying from their injuries. Most burn-related deaths are the result of sepsis. This happens when the wound becomes infected by a harmful bacteria strain. However, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained, the sepsis treatments often involve hospitalization, where patients are monitored and given antibiotics. If need be, doctors might have patients undergo surgery to remove necrotic tissue.
However, scientists from Switzerland are taking measures to possibly prevent dangerous sepsis before it ever sets in.
Yoga is a great way to help relieve pain.
No matter the size, depth and root cause, almost all wound types are accompanied by some level of pain. Smaller injuries, like cuts or abrasions, are generally easy to handle, and often require little more than a basic pain reliever. However, for the 6.5 million people living with chronic wounds in the U.S. (per figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), pain can define day-to-day life. It can prevent people from moving around effectively, and that hindrance can impact someone’s emotional or mental state.
But as we’ve covered in recent articles, there is a wide array of methods and techniques to combat wound-related pain. From effective wound monitoring to creating the proper rest schedule, pain does not have to control a person’s life. For further assistance, here are a couple more ways to minimize pain during any wound care regimen: