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Depression, Anxiety May Lead to Post-Surgical Wounds

POSTED ON March 20, 2017  - POSTED IN wound care

A new study has found that depression and anxiety in patients can increase their risk of post-surgical complications.

A new study has found that depression and anxiety can increase the risk of post-surgical complications

Depression and anxiety are normal parts of everyday life for millions of Americans. According to figures from Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is the most common form of mental disorders, affecting about 40 million U.S. adults. Depression, meanwhile, impacts the lives of 15 million American adults.

Researchers Destroy Superbugs with New Polymer

POSTED ON October 28, 2016  - POSTED IN Infection

Anushka Naiknaware's innovative wound dressing uses sensors to let patients know if their wound is too dry.

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.

New Device Prevents Surgical Site Infections

POSTED ON October 25, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound infections

Anushka Naiknaware's innovative wound dressing uses sensors to let patients know if their wound is too dry.

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.

Crocodile Blood May Have Wound Healing Properties

POSTED ON August 5, 2016  - POSTED IN wound care

Crocodile blood used in wound healing

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.

Scientists Finding New Ways to Treat Burn Infections

POSTED ON June 27, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound healing

new ways to treat burn infections

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.

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