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Monthly Archives: May 2006

Negative pressure wound therapy: an option for hard-to-heal wounds

Published: May 31, 2006

How Does NPWT Work?

Two NPWT devices are primarily used in the United States: the V.A.C.[R] (Vacuum Assisted Closure) Therapy[TM] system, offered by Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI), and the Versatile 1[R] Wound Vacuum System by BlueSky Medical Group. Both use a closed system, meaning that neither the wound nor the components of the treatment are exposed to the air.

The V.A.C. system is applied to an open wound for periods of 48 hours. Suction is directed at the surface of the wound through an interface between the wound surface and either a black polyurethane or white polyvinyl alcohol foam that is cut to the appropriate shape of the wound and is then inserted to contact the entire wound.

Brain-to-comp links yield neurotherapies

Published: May 31, 2006

Technology that can establish a direct connection between human thought and computer operations has been a visionary proposition for decades. Now, thanks to the entrepreneurial efforts of some longtime researchers in the field, techniques that might help restore neurologically-impaired people’s command over their Environment are nearing commercialization.

One effort is offering medical researchers a new window into the brain, allowing them to acquire specific neural activity with electronic precision so that the relation between thought and Motor action in the body can be decoded.

Making a bid for Beijing

Published: May 31, 2006

mrsailing060106For speed, Maureen McKinnon-Tucker leans as hard as she can to leeward as she and teammate Mark Lewis train with nearly no wind in Duxbury.
“That which doesn’t kill you can only make you better.”
This quote is not only displayed on Maureen McKinnon-Tucker’s Web site, but also in her heart as she prepares to fight for the one U.S. spot in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

How V.A.C. Therapy Works

Published: May 30, 2006

V.A.C.® Therapy is the controlled application of sub-atmospheric pressure to a wound using a therapy unit to intermittently or continuously convey negative pressure to a specialized wound dressing to help promote wound healing. The wound dressing is a resilient, open-cell foam surface dressing (such as GranuFoam® and Vers-Foam™) that assists tissue granulation and is sealed with an adhesive drape that contains the subatmospheric pressure at the wound site. Special T.R.A.C.® technology* enhances patient safety by regulating pressure at the wound site.  Additionally, the V.A.C.® Therapy System helps direct drainage to a specially designed canister that reduces the risk of exposure to exudate fluids and infectious materials.

Pressure Ulcer (Bed Sore) Care

Published: May 29, 2006

Review the pressure ulcer care instructions with your healthcare professional on a regular basis. Be sure that you have directions for:

·wound cleansing
·skin care
·wound dressings
·turning & repositioning
·pressure relief

  • When in bed, turn or shift at least every two hours. Use the free Turning Clocks from WCD to customize your own turning schedule.

  • When sitting, shift weight at least every 15 minutes.

  • Moisturize the skin with body lotion or cream, but avoid massaging bony prominences.

USA Diving accident survivor Brooke Burns helps raise awareness about diving injury prevention

Published: May 28, 2006

It’s a startling fact that as many as 1,000 spinal cord injuries occur each year due to shallow water diving. With swimming pools officially opening nationwide this Memorial Day weekend, millions of American families need to “think first” before diving in for some summer fun. According to the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation and the North American Spine Society, 90 percent of all diving injuries cause a spinal cord injury and result in paralysis, specifically quadriplegia. Well-known television and film actress, Brooke Burns, was in the lucky 10 percent and narrowly avoided paralysis after sustaining a diving injury last November. Burns misjudged depth while diving into her backyard swimming pool and hit the bottom, resulting in a broken neck – a near fatal injury. The 28-year-old actress and mother credits her friend, a paramedic fireman, for saving her life by immobilizing her and floating her in the pool until additional paramedics arrived. Burns underwent extensive surgery and since has made a full recovery.

Coping with the Pressure of Wound Care

Published: May 27, 2006

The American Medical Directors Association crafts guidelines specifically for long-term care

Pressure ulcers are serious problems not only for nursing home residents, but for the long-term care industry, as well. In today’s litigious climate, nursing homes must take steps to ensure that their wound management programs quickly identify, treat and, preferably, prevent pressure ulcers. To help them devise programs that are best for both residents and the industry, the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) offers the Pressure Ulcer Therapy Companion.

Police, friends run for a buddy

Published: May 26, 2006

Several hundred people, including two groups of recent police recruits, are walking and running this morning to help a stricken fellow officer.

The John Pou Race/Walk and Fun Run started under sunny skies and muggy conditions at 8 a.m. today at the Somerset community clubhouse, off Tom Short Road near Marvin in southwestern Union County.

Lakeville man’s spinal cord bruised in water park accident

Published: May 25, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS – A Lakeville man underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his bruised spinal cord at Hennepin County Medical Center after he was injured during an accident at the Water Park of America in Bloomington.

Tommy Lee, 39, had two titanium screws and a plate installed in his neck Wednesday to stabilize crushed Vertebrae and relieve pressure from his spinal cord, a Hennepin County Medical Center spokeswoman said.

Spinal injury led to helpful invention

Published: May 23, 2006

Elaine Wolfe was 18 when she broke her neck in a swimming accident.

The spinal cord injury meant she’d never walk again, and would have no use of her hands and only minimal use of her arms. What it didn’t mean is that she would never go to school, travel or lead an independent life.

Her husband, Jim Phillips, and their pre-teen and teenaged daughters can attest to this: Mom’s had her own wheels since the girls were born. Her most recent vehicle is the 2004 Chevrolet Suburban parked in their driveway.