High Blood Glucose Levels Linked to Increased Wound Complications after Surgery
A new study indicates that the risk of surgical site-related complications among people with diabetic foot ulcers is determined by whether blood glucose levels are controlled. The risk of serious wound complications, such as wound dehiscence, is more than 3 times higher for people who have elevated hemoglobin A1c indicating poor blood glucose around the time of surgery. The results suggest a need for better glycemic control in diabetic patients undergoing surgery with a high risk of wound complications.
Moldable Skin Barriers Help Prevent Peristomal Skin Lesions
Results of a new, multinational, observational study show that 95.6% of new ostomates using ConvaTec Moldable Technology Skin Barriers maintained normal skin integrity for 2 months. The ConvaTec Moldable Technology with Rebounding Memory Technology barriers are designed to wrap around the stoma opening for a more custom and secure fit. Results also indicate that 86% of ostomates with pre-existing skin disorders exhibited improvement in skin condition within 2 months of using the product.
New Dressing to Address Bacterial Contamination
Smith & Nephew has introduced Durafiber Ag antimicrobial gelling fiber dressing in the United States. The product is absorbent, gelling fiber filler dressing with silver (Ag) that is designed to address bacterial contamination posed by medium to heavily exuding wounds.
Using Fatty Tissue to Improve Appearance and Function of Scars
People with contracted scars resulting from burns or other causes suffer from pain, discomfort, limited mobility, and inability to perform regular activities. Autologous fat graft by injecting patient's own fat cells into hard and tightened scar shows promising results. A small amount of fat tissue is collected from liposuction and injected under the skin in the area of scarring. Fat was distributed and dispersed in the area, creating a supporting network for scarred, damaged skin. After fat grafting, the patients had decreased pain and increased scar elasticity. Improvement began within 2 weeks, continued through 3 months, and persisted through 1 year and beyond.