Venous Leg Ulcers

The Effects of Low-frequency Nerve Stimulation to Support Healing of Venous Leg Ulcers

“With the support of an unrestricted educational grant from one of our industry partners* the Canadian Association of Wound Care initiated a review of the literature regarding the use of low-frequency nerve stimulation in the management of venous leg ulcers. The goal of the document was to provide an overview of the existing literature and establish protocols for

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Infection

Researchers have created an antibiotic spider silk that heals wounds

After five years of work, scientists in the UK have found a way to create synthetic spider silk that’s loaded with antibiotic properties, and could help deliver drugs and close open wounds with a decreased risk of infection. While it might seem odd, spider silk is actually a pretty incredible

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Manual lymphatic drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage for lymphedema following breast cancer treatment

More than one in five patients who undergo treatment for breast cancer will develop breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL). BCRL can occur as a result of breast cancer surgery and/or radiation therapy. BCRL can negatively impact comfort, function, and quality of life (QoL). Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), a type of hands-on

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Venous Leg Ulcers

Venous leg ulcers

A leg ulcer is defined as the loss of skin below the knee on the leg or foot, which takes more than 2 weeks to heal. Venous leg ulceration is due to sustained venous hypertension, which results from chronic venous insufficiency and/or an impaired calf muscle pump. Venous leg ulcers

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EBN

Why evidence matters in everyday practice?

“Health professionals carry out many established interventions as part of caring for their patients. Established practices may be so familiar, and so widely accepted, that they aren’t questioned. They should be. I consider this here in an area of everyday nursing practice, pressure ulcer management, but hope this will be read

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Venous Leg Ulcers

Protease-modulating matrix treatments for healing venous leg ulcers

First-line treatment for VLUs is compression therapy, but around 60% of people have unhealed ulcers after 12 weeks’ treatment and about 40% after 24 weeks; therefore, there is scope for further improvement. Limited evidence suggests non-healing leg ulcers may have persisting elevated levels of proteases, which is thought to deter

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SSI

Dressings for the prevention of surgical site infection

Surgical wounds (incisions) heal by primary intention when the wound edges are brought together and secured, often with sutures, staples, or clips. Wound dressings applied after wound closure may provide physical support, protection and absorb exudate. There are many different types of wound dressings available and wounds can also be

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Infection

Effects of Smoking on Wound Healing

Smoking has a known negative effect on healing due to a direct toxic effect and the vasoconstriction induced by nicotine. In 2003, Sorenson et al [6] followed 78 smokers for 15 weeks. They showed that the infection rate in smokers was 12%, compared with 2% in nonsmokers. Source: Effects of Smoking

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Healing Process

Skin Wound Healing

Healing…is not a science but the intuitive art of wooing nature. W.H. Auden, “The Art of Healing” Wound healing is a natural restorative response to tissue injury. Healing is the interaction of a complex cascade of cellular events that generates resurfacing, reconstitution, and restoration of the tensile strength of injured

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Biofilm

Recommendations for the management of biofilm. A consensus document

“Treatment of non healing, or hard to heal wounds is a critical issue which is being addressed by health care systems worlwide. This affects a consideraleble number of the population of the Western World, requires expensive investigation, intervention and treatment and accounts for 2-4% of heal care budgets”. The original

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