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Clinical Evidence Presented at SAWC on Application of AMNIOX Medical Products

Four Posters Demonstrate the Clinical Benefits of NEOX® Wound Allograft Presented at SAWC

 

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AMNIOX Medical, Inc., a TissueTech, Inc. company, highlighted four clinical posters demonstrating the effectiveness of NEOX® Wound Allograft at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) in April.

 

The presentations illustrate applications of NEOX Wound Allograft in combination with other therapies, and among a range of severe wounds that are resistant to current standard of care or are under served.

 

“The clinical effectiveness and value of NEOX continues to be reinforced in these studies, as well as opportunities to combine different approaches to advanced wound care,” said Adrian Roji, Chief Commercial Officer of TissueTech. “The authors found that patients who received NEOX experienced closure of hard-to-heal wounds, further highlighting the unique properties of cryo-preserved umbilical cord tissue.”

 

The studies presented at SAWC included:

  • Treatment of Post-Operative Left Temporal Wound with Umbilical Cord Based Particulate and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, Timothy Plackett, DO
  • Use of Hydrated Shelf Stable Umbilical Cord Allograft for the Treatment of Chronic Wounds, Allen Raphael, DPM
  • Treatment of Close-Range Gun Shot Wound with Umbilical Cord Based Particulate (pUC) and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Timothy Plackett, DO
  • Treatment of Invasive Carcinoma Wound with Hyperbaric Oxygen and Cryopreserved Umbilical Cord, Luis Fernandez, MD

 

AMNIOX parent TissueTech pioneered the commercialization and clinical application of human umbilical cord and amniotic membrane to promote healing. AMNIOX utilizes its proprietary CryoTek® process, a cryopreservation technology, to preserve the biological and structural integrity of these tissues more effectively than other available technologies. Since the company’s inception, clinicians have performed more than 300,000 human transplants of its products and published more than 300 peer-reviewed studies supporting its technology platform.

 

About AMNIOX Medical, Inc.

Founded in 2011 to serve the orthopedic and wound care markets, AMNIOX Medical is dedicated to developing and marketing products processed from umbilical cord and amniotic membrane utilizing its proprietary CryoTek technology. AMNIOX Medical procures its tissue through elective donation following healthy live birth via Cesarean section. Thorough donor screening is performed to ensure safety of its products. For additional information, please visit http://www.AMNIOXmedical.com.

 

About TissueTech, Inc.

TissueTech, Inc., the parent company of AMNIOX Medical, Inc. and BioTissue, Inc., pioneered the development and clinical application of amniotic tissue-based products. AMNIOX Medical develops and markets products for use in the musculoskeletal and wound care markets; BioTissue develops and markets products for the ophthalmology and optometry markets. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has supported TissueTech’s research with more than 30 continuous years of research grants. Since the company’s inception, clinicians have performed more than 300,000 human implants of the company’s products and published more than 300 peer-reviewed studies supporting its technology platform. The Company’s first product, AmnioGraft®, is the only tissue graft designated by the FDA as homologous for promoting ophthalmic wound healing.

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TUV Nord Awards ISO 13485 Certification to Keneric Healthcare

for the Design/Development, Manufacturing and Distribution of Wound Care Products

 

ALLEN, TexasApril 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Keneric Healthcare’s ISO certification award represents its ability to design, implement, and successfully manage an effective quality management system that meets the requirements of DIN EN ISO 13485: 2012 / EN ISO 13485: 2012 +AC: 2012 – Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes. The scope of the ISO certification supports the Design/Development, Manufacturing and Distribution of Wound Care Products.

 

Keneric Healthcare, a global medical device manufacturer, recognized for the development and commercialization of innovative products that improve patient care, increase clinician efficiency and streamline facility expenditures. Product portfolio includes RTD™ Wound Dressing, an FDA cleared, polyurethane silver foam dressing that consistently demonstrates positive clinical outcomes for a variety of wound types; and PurePurge™ Bed bath System, an easy to use rinse-free patient bathing product offering healthcare professionals an ideal and cost-effective solution for bathing patients who are unable to take a traditional bath or shower.

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Edixomed: Breakthrough Wound Care Technology

With Potential to Strike Back Against the Threat of Killer Superbugs

 

A simple patch which cleverly harnesses part of the body’s own natural repair system – nitric oxide – could help in the fight against killer superbugs and antibiotic resistance according to recently published studies.

 

Millions of people are at risk of dying from infections every day, many of which can no longer be treated by even the strongest antibiotics.

 

Now, in two recently published studies, a breakthrough wound care system, created by the UK firm Edixomed, has been shown to kill a range of antibiotic-resistant bacteria including MRSA and EColi, both of which have the potential to be fatal for many people.

 

The discovery could pave the way for these easy-to-use patches to be available in hospitals across the NHS to dress wounds to prevent the growth of bacteria, and tackle established infections.

 

“Bacterial infections resistant to all currently available antibiotics are expected to kill over 10 million people a year by 2050. The threat is very real and of international concern; but with this technology, we have a novel, viable and innovative solution with which to strike back. Wound care is just the first of many potential applications,” said Professor Art Tucker, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He added, “Importantly, nitric oxide acts against multiple targets in bacteria to kill them, hence there is a very unlikely chance of bacteria developing resistance any time in the future.”

 

In addition, Edixomed’s breakthrough, the EDX110 wound care system, is able to deliver nitric oxide in a sustained way to give the wound or ulcer the best chance of healing. As part of the natural healing process the body normally produces nitric oxide and uses it to signal for increased blood flow and to fight infection. Edixomed’s technology effectively “supercharges” the body’s own natural healing processes.

 

In fact, recently published clinical research in diabetic foot ulcers, including infected ulcers, showed that the EDX110 patch achieved the same healing in 4 weeks as the standard-of-care approaches currently used in UK hospitals achieved at 12 weeks. The standard-of-care patients were also significantly more likely to be hospitalised due to complications with their foot ulcer.

 

“Diabetic foot ulcers are notoriously hard-to-heal and are the leading cause of diabetes-related amputations in the UK. The recently published findings provide an essential step forward in developing solutions for the effective management of these chronic wounds,” said Professor Michael Edmonds, Principal Investigator of the pivotal diabetic foot ulcer study, King’s College Hospital, London. He added, “Reducing infection and accelerating healing could significantly contribute to a reduction in the number of avoidable amputations. EDX110 represents a major step forward in best practice care.”

 

In severe cases, infection of a foot ulcer in a patient with diabetes can result in lower limb amputation or worse e.g. complications such as sepsis, multi-organ failure and death.

 

Facts:

  • The NHS carries out more than 7,300 amputations each year in the UK as a result of diabetes, 80% of these are due to foot ulcers.[4] The resulting drain on healthcare resources is enormous, with an annual cost of £1 billion to NHS England alone.[5]
  • At least 700,000 people die globally from drug-resistant infections every year – 5,000 of them in the UK.[6],[7]
  • There have been no new classes of antibiotics approved since the 1980s and the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies warned in 2017 that resistance to antibiotics “poses a catastrophic threat”.[8]

 

Key findings of the two recent studies investigating EDX110, a revolutionary new wound care system:

  • Laboratory tests have shown that EDX110 can kill all viable organisms for several deadly antibiotic-resistant infections including MRSA, Pseudomonas and E. Coli.[3]
  • Laboratory tests have shown that EDX110 effectively prevented and treated multi-drug resistant bacteria biofilms. Biofilms are colonies of bacteria that protect themselves from the body’s immune system and actions of antibiotics.[3]
  • EDX110 completely healed more ulcers compared with standard-of-care (ulcers completely healed: 49% vs. 30%).[2]
  • EDX110 reduced diabetic foot ulcer size by almost double the amount of standard-of-care (median percentage area reduction: 89% vs. 47%).[2]

 

About Edixomed

Edixomed is a biopharmaceutical company commercialising next generation and clinically-proven technologies from its nitric oxide platform. Using its patented scientific approach, the company’s technologies have the potential to tackle major global health challenges in wound care, dermatology and infection control. The core technology’s unique feature is its ability to replenish or supplement the body’s own supply of nitric oxide that is critical for sustaining healthy skin and organs. Nitric oxide is depleted or absent in many diseases and thus, the body’s normal healing and regenerative processes are damaged. Restoring that essential element is at the heart of Edixomed’s approach to innovative healthcare.

 

About EDX110

EDX110 is a revolutionary, easy-to-use, two-part wound care system, driven by Edixomed’s core sustained-release nitric oxide delivery technology. EDX110 provides a protective and cushioning layer that uniquely absorbs fluid while providing a moist environment and generating nitric oxide. The role of nitric oxide in ulcer healing involves three recognised elements: vascular, as nitric oxide influences the widening of blood vessels (vasodilation) and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis);[9],[10] inflammatory, as nitric oxide influences the body’s immune response;[11] and antimicrobial, as nitric oxide demonstrates potent, broad spectrum antimicrobial activity.

 

EDX110 is not yet an approved product, Edixomed are pursuing an active programme to develop applications of their core technology in multiple wound care indications and a number of additional areas. These areas include: surgical wound care, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, burns, septic shock, transdermal drug delivery, ventilator-associated pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, and various applications connected to antimicrobial resistance.

 

About nitric oxide

The discovery that a simple gas, nitric oxide, could play such an important role in the human body led to three scientists being awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1998. The pioneering work demonstrated that the normal function of nitric oxide is to control blood flow in the small vessels in the skin and prevent the skin from being infected with dangerous organisms. Nitric oxide is also generated whenever the skin is injured or damaged and plays a crucial part in the normal skin healing process. However, in certain conditions, such as diabetes, the normal production of nitric oxide can be put at risk and the skin loses the essential ingredient it needs to repair itself. The result is a chronic, poorly healing wound, highly prone to infection and a major cause of concern to patients and doctors. Replenishing the missing nitric oxide in such a way as to mimic the skin’s natural production is no easy task and it has eluded many of the world’s leading scientists for the past two decades. Edixomed has succeeded in achieving this goal and has demonstrated the performance of its technology in a pivotal clinical trial.

You can also visit our website at: http://www.edixomed.com

 

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Aroa Biosurgery and Hydrofera Team up in US

 

MANCHESTER, Conn. & AUCKLAND, New Zealand–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New Zealand biomedical company Aroa Biosurgery and United States medical products company Hydrofera are launching Appulse in North America.

 

The two companies have recently bought back their wound care businesses from Hollister Inc.

 

Brian Ward, CEO of Aroa Biosurgery, says the company’s Endoform wound care technology and Hydrofera Blue are complementary.

 

“We have both been successfully represented by Hollister, but with Hollister’s decision to divest portions of its wound care business back to the technology developers, it gives us the opportunity to now grow the businesses ourselves.”

 

Tom Drury, CEO of Hydrofera, says: “On June 1 we will launch Appulse and most of the Hollister sales team for Endoform and Hydrofera Blue will continue to represent both products.

 

“This will help ensure the same level of service to patients, clinicians and distribution partners.”

 

Endoform is a proprietary extracellular matrix (ECM) biomaterial, which contains a collagen scaffold and important secondary molecules to support healing.

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New Clinical Data for Covalon’s ColActive®

Line of Patented Advanced Wound Care Products to be Presented at SAWC Spring

 

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Covalon Technologies Ltd. (the “Company” or “Covalon”) (TSXV: COV), an advanced medical technologies company, today announced that two clinical case studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of ColActive® Plus and ColActive® Transfer biological matrix products will be presented at the 2018 Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Spring (“SAWC Spring”) in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to the posters, Covalon will also be showcasing its full line of advanced wound care dressings in the symposium’s exhibition hall during the three-day event.

 

“We are very pleased with the results of these two clinical case studies and believe that they show the advantage that the patented ColActive technology can add to a wound care clinician’s arsenal,” said Brian Pedlar, Chief Executive Office of Covalon.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA will present a clinical poster entitled A New Approach in the Management of Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Report on the Use of a Collagen Wound Contact Layer with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy during the SAWC Spring – WHS Poster Gala, held on Friday, April 27th from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

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Wound Care Advantage Launches Advanced Discovery Research Alliance

SIERRA MADRE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 24, 2018–Wound Care Advantage (WCA), in collaboration with internationally renowned podiatric surgeon Dr. David G. Armstrong, the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) and Gen1 Research, has launched Advanced Discovery, a new investigative research alliance dedicated to revolutionizing patient care through evidence-based science. Advanced Discovery will offer access to an international network of advanced wound and hyperbaric treatment centers, laying the groundwork for meaningful investigative research. In partnership with approved manufacturers and research facilitators, the Alliance will evaluate a variety of diagnostic and treatment modalities with a unified goal of positively impacting wound healing outcomes while reducing the cost of treatment. Gen1 will provide extensive administrative support and infrastructure for the studies.

 

Chronic wounds affect approximately 5.7 million patients in the U.S., costing the healthcare system more than $20 billion annually. 1 This burden is growing, due to a rapid increase in diabetes and vascular disease, an aging population, and rising healthcare costs. In fact, the cost of diabetic foot ulcers is greater than that of the five most costly forms of cancer 2 and diabetic foot ulcer patients are twice as costly to U.S. Medicare as those with diabetes alone … read more

Organogenesis Showcases New Product Offerings

and Research at SAWC Spring 2018

 

CANTON, Mass. and CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The latest advanced wound care research and product offerings from Organogenesis Inc. – including the recently-launched PuraPly® Antimicrobial 1.6 cm small size – will be showcased during the nation’s largest interdisciplinary wound care forum, the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Spring | Wound Healing Society (SAWC Spring | WHS) meeting, held April 25-29 in Charlotte, NC.

 

Organogenesis Inc., a leading regenerative medicine company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of product solutions for the advanced wound care, surgical and sports medicine markets, will feature its full suite of advanced wound care and surgical biologic product offerings at exhibit booth #419.

 

Scientific presentations will feature several products within the Organogenesis portfolio, and exhibit booth attendees will have the chance to learn more about the company’s comprehensive wound care portfolio designed to empower personalized healing for a wide variety of wound types across the wound care continuum.

 

Organogenesis is also a proud sponsor of the Thursday, April 26 Lunch Symposium, “Understanding the Latest Evidence: A Fresh Look at the Use of Skin Substitutes Across the Wound Care Continuum,” featuring speakers Daniel Kapp, MD; George Koullias, MD; and Katie C. Mowry, PhD.

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Medline to Highlight Holistic Approach to Wound Care

and Skin Health at Symposium on Advanced Wound Care

 

NORTHFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medline today announced the launch of a new Skin Champion Program at this year’s Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) in Charlotte, April 25-29. With more than 6.5 million people in the U.S. suffering from chronic wounds, the Medline Skin Champion Program will provide new approaches to those who battle and treat non-healing wounds across the continuum of care and provide easy-to-use education and tools for wound care clinicians and leaders.

 

Medline also will host a live studio news show from SAWC, featuring nearly 20 key advanced wound care and tissue regeneration opinion leaders who will provide clinical expertise and insight to the more than 2,000 physicians and nurses visiting the conference.

 

“Wound care has become increasingly complex with the rise in patient acuity and ongoing reimbursement challenges,” says Jonathan Primer, group president, advanced wound care, Medline. “For clinicians, this new landscape is creating greater demand for education and fueling a deeper desire to discover new ways to improve clinical practice and patient care.”

 

Located at booth 1025, Medline will unveil the new Skin Champion Program developed by certified WOC nurses and designed to provide education and tools that help train their teams to make skin health second nature. Dozens of pre-built educational modules address four common issues impacting wound care, including pressure injuries, skin care, wound etiologies and special populations.

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MiMedx to Highlight Efficacy of Its Allografts

in Presentations at SAWC Spring Conference
Breakfast Symposium to Underscore Statistically Significant Evidence of EpiFix® in Healing DFUs and VLUs

 

MARIETTA, Ga.April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG), a leading developer and marketer of regenerative and therapeutic biologics, today announced the Company’s participation in the 2018 Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Spring | Wound Healing Society (SAWC Spring/WHS) meeting being held April 25-29, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

During the five-day conference, the clinical and cost-effective healing results of the Company’s allografts will be highlighted in a Breakfast Symposium, two dinner presentations, five clinical poster presentations, and in-booth education sessions. MiMedx will be exhibiting in booth #830 from April 26, 2018 through April 28, 2018.

 

Now in its 31st year, the SAWC Spring/WHS conference is the leading national wound healing forum connecting the foremost experts with your entire wound care team to improve patient outcomes through education.  No other wound care conference offers the level of education, advanced state-of-the-art clinical reviews and emerging research findings.

 

MiMedx will sponsor a Breakfast Symposium entitled “EpiFix® – First and Only Amnion/Chorion Allograft with Statistically Significant Level I Evidence for healing in DFUs and VLUs” on Friday morning, April 27, 2018 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. The Company will also host two dinner presentations on Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th entitled “Using MiMedx Placental Tissues in the Lower Extremity“, which will review the use of various products in wound and surgical applications.

 

Hands-on product demonstrations will be provided by expert physicians during booth hours on April 26th and April 27thin the MiMedx booth.

 

The poster presentations will report on the clinical effectiveness of MiMedx EpiFix dHACM (dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Membrane) placental tissue allografts in the healing of diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and refractory non-healing wounds, as well as the use of AmnioCord umbilical cord allografts for reducing Achilles tendon pain. These independent case studies and respective conclusions will include:

 

  • Abstract: “EpiFix VLU Study Group: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of Dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Membrane Allograft for the Treatment of Venous Leg Ulcers
    Authors: Christian Bianchi, MD, FACS; Shawn Cazzell, DPM, FACFAS; Dean Vayser, DPM, FACFAS; Alexander M. Reyzelman, DPM, FACFAS; Hasan Dosluoglu, MD, FACS; Gregory Tovmassian, DPM
  • Abstract: “EpiFix DFU Study Group: A Confirmatory Study on the Efficacy of Dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Membrane (dHACM) Allograft in the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Prospective, Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Study
    Authors: William Tettelbach, MD; Shawn Cazzell, DPM; Alexander M. Reyzelman, DPM; Felix Sigal, DPM; Joseph M. Caporusso, DPM; Patrick S. Agnew, DPM
  • Abstract: “The Application of Dehydrated Human Amnion Chorion Membrane dHACM Allografts to Expedite Healing in Patients with Six Major Types of Refractory Non-Healing Wounds, 157 Patients
    Authors: Aamir Mahmood, DPM; Justin Goldsmith, DPM; Anna Tien, DPM; Mike Czurylo, DPM; Laith Shaman, DPM; Kelda Beachy, DPM; Neal Patel, DPM; Shayan Alamgir, DPM; Matthew Garoufalis, DPM, FASPS, FACFAOM
  • Abstract: “Use of Umbilical Cord Allograft for Pain Reduction in Achilles Tendon Pathologies: A Case
    Authors: Brandon Brooks, DPM; Kevin Pham, DPM; Bradley Brooks, DO; Brady Brooks, MS-1; James Henry, MS-1; Terria Madison, DPM
  • Abstract: “Safety and Efficacy of Weekly Application of Dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Membrane in the Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: a Case Series
    Authors: Chi Chi Berhane, MD, MBA; Kimberly Brantley, BSN, RN, CRRN; Sandra Williams, NP-C, APN, WCN; Erica Sutton, MACarlyn Kappy, RD, LD, CCRP

 

“For more than 30 years, SAWC and WHS have been dedicated to continuous advancements in wound care and have worked tirelessly toward their goal of decreasing the number and severity of wounds of all types.” said Parker H. “Pete” Petit, MiMedx Chairman and CEO. “We are honored to be a part of this year’s meeting, and MiMedx will continue to work with SAWC and other organizations to raise the level of scientific and clinical expertise and the professional processes within the wound care sector of healthcare.”

 

Bill Taylor, President and COO of MiMedx, added, “We are pleased that our EpiFix, AmnioCord and AmnioFill allografts will be so prominently demonstrated at this year’s SAWC. We look forward to participating in the conference and highlighting the significant investments made in the science and clinical study of placental technology.”

 

About MiMedx

 

MiMedx® is a leading biopharmaceutical company developing and marketing regenerative and therapeutic biologics utilizing human placental tissue allografts with patent-protected processes for multiple sectors of healthcare. “Innovations in Regenerative Medicine” is the framework behind the Company’s mission to give physicians products and tissues to help the body heal itself.  The Company processes the human placental tissue utilizing its proprietary PURION® Process methodology, among other processes, to produce safe and effective allografts by employing aseptic processing techniques in addition to terminal sterilization. MiMedx has supplied over 1 million allografts to date for application in the Wound Care, Burn, Surgical, Orthopedic, Spine, Sports Medicine, Ophthalmic and Dental sectors of healthcare. For additional information, please visit www.mimedx.com.

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B. Braun to Introduce 1-Ounce Prontosan® Wound Gel X at SAWC

BETHLEHEM, Pa., April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — B. Braun Medical Inc. will introduce a patient-friendly 1-ounce tube of Prontosan®Wound Gel X at the 2018 Symposium of Advanced Wound Care, which is being held April 26-28 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

A viscous wound gel with both betaine and polyhexanide to resist microbial colonization within the dressing, Gel X softens necrotic tissue, facilitating autolytic debridement. Clear and virtually odorless, Gel X is designed to cleanse and moisten wound beds and is an effective microbial barrier. Betaine, a surfactant, promotes removal of dirt and debris, aids in the removal of wound coating, and helps prevent recontamination.1 The preservative polyhexanide inhibits the growth of micro-organisms.

 

Gel X is for use on diabetic foot, leg, and pressure ulcers, first and second degree burns, partial and full thickness wounds, large surface area wounds, and surgical incisions. It is now available in 1-ounce and 250-milligram tubes.

 

“Gel X creates a gentle healing experience and a favorable wound healing environment,” said Mike Kelly, Director of Marketing for Infection Control Product at B. Braun Medical. “It is compatible with many secondary dressings and helps eliminate needless dressing changes. The 1-ounce tube is convenient for at-home patient care and healing, and the smaller Gel X tube offers patients an economical size for personal care, as compared to the much larger 250-milligram tube that was designed for healthcare facilities.”

 

B. Braun’s ostomy product line, which includes base plates, pouches, and the Flexima® High Output System with Flow Collector, also will be showcased at SAWC at booth #746. The B. Braun Medical-sponsored initiative, myosto™, will be featured at the booth. Through the website myosto-mylife.com, ostomates, caregivers and clinicians can find educational information, support, and a link to request product samples.

 

About B. Braun 
B. Braun Medical Inc., a leader in infusion therapy and pain management, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative medical products and services to the healthcare industry. Other key product areas include ostomy and wound care, dialysis, nutrition, pharmacy admixture and compounding. The company is committed to eliminating preventable treatment errors and enhancing patient, clinician and environmental safety. B. Braun Medical is headquartered in Bethlehem, Pa., and is part of the B. Braun Group of Companies in the U.S., which includes B. Braun Interventional Systems, Aesculap® and CAPS®.

 

Globally, the B. Braun Group of Companies employs more than 61,000 employees in more than 64 countries. Guided by its Sharing Expertise®philosophy, B. Braun continuously exchanges knowledge with customers, partners and clinicians to address the critical issues of improving care and lowering costs. To learn more about B. Braun Medical, visit www.BBraunUSA.com.

 

Bradbury S, Fletcher J. Prontosan Made Easy. Wounds Int. 2011; 2(2): 1-6.

 

Contact:
Jason Ford

B. Braun Medical Inc.
610.997.4722
jason.ford@bbraunusa.com
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HMP’s Why Wound Care?™

Initiative Launches Web Portal for Medical Students

 

In an effort to further prepare medical professionals about the proper management and treatment of patients with wounds, HMP, a leading healthcare event and education company, today announced the launch of a new web portal designed exclusively for medical students as part of its Why Wound Care? (WWC) initiative.

 

Created in 2015, the Why Wound Care? initiative informs medical and nursing students, recent graduates, and faculty about rewarding careers in wound care while offering educational resources to supplement current academic curricula where wound care education may be limited.

 

With the development of the new portal, medical students and faculty now have access to the following complimentary, evidence-based wound care resources:

 

-Sixteen video modules covering the fundamentals of wound care, including
Burns, Surgical Wound Closure, Wound Epidemiology, Pressure Injuries, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Atypical Wounds, Wound Infections, and more;
-Downloadable PDF’s of all 25 chapters of Chronic Wound Care: The Essentials e-Book, the “gold standard” of wound care textbooks;
-Information about other continuing education resources, including wound care conferences and medical journals.

 

“The launch of the medical student portal greatly expands the scope of our Why Wound Care? initiative,” said Peter Norris, executive vice president, HMP. “Three years ago, we introduced WWC to nursing students. Since then, the portal has become a go-to source of free wound care content with thousands of visitors accessing modules and other materials. With the addition of the medical student portal, we are able to extend the reach of wound care education to new audiences to ultimately help improve the care of patients who suffer from acute or chronic wounds.”

 

The WWC medical student advisory board—comprised of 16 world-class wound care physician specialists affiliated with some of the top medical schools in the U.S., including Harvard, Penn, Stanford, Columbia, Miami, and Georgetown—contributed to the development of the materials.

 

“This project represents our opportunity to give back to future generations of medical students,” said Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD, Chair and Harvey Blank Professor, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and chair, WWC medical student advisory board. “For more than 30 years, I’ve had the good fortune to practice wound care, conduct research, and educate students, residents, and fellows as a faculty member at the University of Miami. Wound care will only receive increased attention in clinical practice due to the aging population and the rising incidences of Diabetes Mellitus and obesity. Medical students now have an excellent resource by which to learn more about wound care to either better educate themselves about evidence-based treatment and management of chronic wounds, or to consider becoming a practicing wound care physician.”

 

To learn more about Why Wound Care?, or to take advantage of these free resources, please visit whywoundcare.com.

 

About HMP
HMP is the force behind Healthcare Made Practical—and is a multichannel leader in healthcare events and education, with a mission to improve patient care. The company produces accredited medical education events and clinically relevant, evidence-based content for the global healthcare community across a range of therapeutic areas. Its brands include Consultant360, the year-round, award-winning platform relied upon by primary care providers and other specialists; Psych Congress, the largest independent mental health meeting in the U.S.; EMS World Expo, North America’s largest EMT and paramedic event; and the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), the largest wound care meeting in the world. For more information, visit hmpglobal.com.

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New telemed add-on manages risk, aims to avert lawsuits in wound care

A new technology solution hopes to help long-term care professionals avoid potential lawsuits, long before a wound even heals.

 

Illinois-based Telemedicine Solutions LLC has announced the launch of its WoundRounds Defender, which is a feature set of its telemedicine platform for treating wounds. The add-on helps those in skilled nursing to automate documentation, from admission to discharge, as well as photographing wounds of high-risk patients.

 

This can come especially in handy, the company notes, for documenting complex wounds, pressure ulcers and infections, which can pose the greatest potential liability to long-term care operators.

 

“WoundRounds Defender gives healthcare providers legal peace of mind so they can focus on delivering the best care and patient outcomes,” Mike Diamond, CEO of Telemedicine Solutions, said in a release. “The launch of WoundRounds Defender further positions WoundRounds as the leading wound management and risk prevention solution for healthcare providers.”

Corstrata Foot Ulcer Prevention Solution

  Named Among Semifinalists For T1D Exchange 2018 Diabetes Innovation Challenge

 

Corstrata provides new tech empowered diabetic foot ulcer prevention to improve patient lives.

 

CORSTRATA, a provider of digital healthcare IT solutions and services for wound management, announced today that the company’s Diabetic Foot Ulcer & Amputation Prevention solution was named as a semifinalist in the T1D Exchange 2018 Diabetes Innovation Challenge. Corstrata was one of 30 semifinalists chosen from academic researchers and early stage companies from around the world that submitted entries for solutions to support advanced diabetes care. T1D Exchange is a nonprofit research and collaboration organization dedicated to accelerating novel treatments to improve the care of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

 

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a common, limb-threatening, and expensive complication of diabetes. Of the 29M people with diabetes in the U.S., 1.7M suffer with one or more DFUs annually and 80K of these diabetics ultimately require an amputation. The risk of death at 5 years for DFU patients is 2.5 times as high as the risk for a patient with diabetes without a foot ulcer.

 

Corstrata offers a technology-enabled care management solution for diabetics at risk for formation of costly diabetic foot ulcers and related amputations. Using a “smart” mat to detect potential ulcers, Corstrata’s wound specialists engage with the patient through a mobile engagement app for timely intervention and prevention of ulcers. Corstrata’s Diabetic Foot Ulcer & Amputation Prevention Program serves as an outsourced end-to-end technology-enabled solution for value-based organizations and payers … read more

ARANZ Medical Launches Two New Silhouette Image Capture Products

 

CHRISTCHURCH, New ZealandMarch 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Two new smart-phone based imaging products, SilhouetteLite+ and SilhouetteLite, recently launched by ARANZ Medical Limited have been adopted by Promore Pharma AB (Solna, Sweden) for a multi-site clinical trial, and by New Zealand’s Capital and Coast District Health Board for their community-based nurses.

Easy-to-use, SilhouetteLite+ and SilhouetteLite apps are highly portable, yet deliver robust accuracy and image consistency. The measurement and documentation data collected is securely synchronized in ARANZ Medical’s proprietary, cloud database, SilhouetteCentral, for ease of analysis and reporting.

 

Promore Pharma purchased 20 SilhouetteLite+ units for their two-year venous leg ulcer study. Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Margit Mahlapuu, stated, “The SilhouetteLite+ app and documentation system is easy for us to use across multiple locations. With it, we can ensure that the data we collect at each site is not only consistent and secure, but also easily accessed for analysis and reporting.”

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Wound Care Education Institute Launches Pioneering Nutrition Wound Care Course

BROOKFIELD, Wis., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — To help Registered Dietitians (RD) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) prepare for board certification in wound care, Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) has launched a tailored Skin and Wound Management course suited for the RD and RDN. The course reinforces knowledge with real-world, practical skin and wound management training while preparing the RD and RDN for the Nutrition Wound Care Certified (NWCC) certification.

 

“The course addresses the need for nutritionists on the wound care team and can help an RD or RDN become a nutrition wound care expert,” said WCEI Co-Founder/Clinical Instructor Nancy Morgan, RN, BSN, MBA, WOC, WCC, DWC, OMS.

 

Poor nutrition can have a substantial negative effect on the ability to build new tissue and defend against infection. A patient’s nutritional needs can change in the presence of wounds reinforcing the body’s requirement for a proper mix of both macro and micronutrients during wound healing. Patients with chronic and non-healing wounds often have special nutrient needs as well as other healing obstacles at play … read more

Researchers are Creating an App to Track and Analyze Chronic Wounds

With a $1.6 million award from the National Institutes of Health, an interdisciplinary research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is developing a smartphone app that could lower healthcare costs and improve care.

 

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has received a four-year, $1.6 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a smartphone app that will allow patients and their caregivers to track and assess chronic wounds, helping lower costs associated with frequent doctor and hospital visits, and catching serious complications before they lead to expensive hospitalizations and life-altering amputations.

 

Emmanuel Agu, associate professor of computer science and coordinator of WPI’s Mobile Graphics Research Group, is the principal investigator for the project. Co-principal investigators include Diane Strong, a professor in WPI’s Foisie Business School, Bengisu Tulu, an associate professor in the Foisie Business School, and Peder Pedersen, a retired professor of electrical and computer engineering.

 

The app, which is in the early development stage, is being designed to be used by patients and caregivers, including visiting nurses, who need to regularly check the status of potentially dangerous wounds in the home environment. It will make patients more involved in their own care, cut down on unnecessary doctor visits, and issue alerts when an emergency trip to the doctor or hospital is necessary, Agu said.

 

A 2017 study found that chronic, nonhealing wounds affect 5.7 million people in the United States, or about 2 percent of the population, at an annual cost of $20 billion. The cost of just transporting chronic wound patients to medical visits is estimated at about $200 million per year. “This is a big problem,” said Agu. “Wounds, wound management, and amputations have a huge cost, both financially and physically, for the people who suffer from them, as well as for their families. I like to work on real problems that make a difference for people. Much of my research is in imaging and computer graphics. Wound management is a problem that imaging technology can help with.”

 

Patients or their caregivers will use the app to photograph chronic wounds with a smartphone. Machine learning algorithms built into the app will measure wound assessment metrics, including size, depth, and color, which indicate how the wound healing is progressing. The algorithms will compare the readings over time to determine if the wound is shrinking or expanding, or if there are other changes, like darkening tissue, that could indicate a growing infection or other complication. The app will also compute a healing score that tells the patient whether the wound is getting better, is unchanged, or is worsening. Finally, the app will suggest one of three actions: stay the course, consult a wound specialist for advice regarding treatment, or seek immediate care.

 

The new wound app is an evolution of work Agu and his research team completed for Sugar, an app designed to help people with diabetes track and manage their weight and blood sugar levels, and also photograph and assess the status of any chronic foot ulcers. In the current research, Agu will build on the wound assessment component of Sugar, which was developed with a $1.2 million grant awarded in 2011 by the National Science Foundation (NSF). And while Sugar focused exclusively on diabetic wounds on the feet and legs, the new app is expected to one day be expanded to assess a broader array of chronic wounds, including arterial, venous, and pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores.

 

Agu, Pedersen, and Clifford Lindsay, assistant professor of radiology at University of Massachusetts Medical School, will lead an effort to address one of the key technical challenges of the new project: processing imperfect smartphone photos taken by amateurs. Agu said his team understands that patients are likely to take photos from too far away or too close up, from an angle, or under poor lighting. He said shadows are particularly problematic for wound analysis, because they affect how the computer vision algorithm perceives the wound’s colors and depth.

 

To address this problem, the team will develop algorithms similar to those used in facial recognition software that can transform each image so it appears as if it was taken straight on, at the proper distance, and under ideal lighting conditions. They will use techniques from an area of computer science called computational photography. “Computational photography has been applied to natural images, like landscapes, but not in the medical domain,” Agu said. “This is cutting-edge research that we believe will produce a good solution to this problem.”

 

In addition to fixing the images, the research team will need to train their algorithms to properly assess and interpret them, work that will draw on the decision support expertise of Strong and Tulu. The team will expose their algorithms to hundreds of images of actual wounds taken, with patient consent, by Lindsay. Raymond Dunn ‘78, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at UMass Memorial, is a consultant to the project.

 

Agu and the team will feed the photos, along with wound care specialists’ expert assessments of the wounds and what kind of treatments they require, into the machine learning system so the app will “learn” how to analyze the wounds and calculate what care advice to give. Agu’s team will also test the algorithms on realistic simulated wounds they create with special 3D printers.

 

“This won’t replace doctor visits entirely, but it will augment those visits,” said Agu. “Patients or caregivers can check in anytime they want using this app and get more feedback than they do with occasional doctor visits. If people self-monitor, they are more likely to change their behavior, keep a closer eye on their wounds, and take the proper care those dangerous wounds need.”

 

The wound app is being developed on the Android platform, but Agu expects it ultimately to be adapted for the iPhone platform as well.

 

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI’s talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university’s innovative Global Projects Program. There are more than 40 WPI project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

 

Contact:
Alison Duffy, Director of Public Relations
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts
508-340-5040, amduffy(at)wpi(dot)edu

 

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Wound Care Advantage Introduces the First Referral Source Algorithm in the …

SIERRA MADRE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The prevalence of chronic wounds in the U.S. now impacts 6.5* million people, similar to the number of individuals diagnosed with heart failure. To help its partners increase awareness of their wound care programs in local communities, Wound Care Advantage (WCA) has launched FlightPlan™, the industry’s first referral source algorithm. FlightPlan makes it easy to identify local physicians treating patients who may be in need of advanced wound treatment.

 

“We look for smart ways to develop and integrate technology into all areas of our organization,” said Nick Keezer, CTO of Wound Care Advantage. “FlightPlan was designed around three main objectives: to identify providers or physicians with patients who may need specialized care; to reduce the time it takes for a wound program to connect with the local community; and to better track and manage community education efforts.”

 

Finding local patients that need wound care, when they need it, can be a major challenge for wound center management … read more

Stratatech Begins Test of Engineered Skin for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Stratatech is moving forward with tests of a genetically engineered human skin that could heal the sores and wounds many diabetic patients get on their feet.

 

Madison, WI-based Stratatech, a subsidiary of U.K.-based Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK), said Wednesday that it had enrolled the first patient in a study of the skin tissue, called ExpressGraft-C9T1.

 

Stratatech said the ExpressGraft skin tissue builds on some of the same technologies the company pioneered in developing StrataGraft, its flagship skin replacement product. StrataGraft is cell-based skin tissue designed to coax the bodies of burn patients into regenerating skin … read more

Ancor Announces Joint Venture with Advanced Tissue

Rock, Arkansas-based Advanced Tissue, the leader in providing third-party reimbursable wound-care products in the United States.

 

Advanced Tissue, founded in 2000, provides advanced surgical dressings based on physician orders, in single-use unit-dose packaging, to patients in both the home as well as in long-term-care facilities. All physician-ordered wound-care supplies are customized per patient, per dressing change. Advanced Tissue simplifies and personalizes the approach to home-based dressing changes by removing the guesswork for the patient with regard to the procurement, frequency and application of the products that have been selected by their physician. This contributes to an increased positive outcome for patients that are compliant with wound-care treatments.

 

Tim McKibben, Ancor Managing Partner, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Advanced Tissue.” He continued, “The Advanced Tissue team has done a tremendous job building a strong and efficiently run company, and we are excited to come alongside and assist in growing Advanced Tissue to the next level. The current management team and ownership will stay in place and continue in their efforts of achieving market share in this constantly changing and growing segment of healthcare.”

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Grant Funds Development of Wound Healing Glove

A group of researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington received a $227 000 grant from the federal Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium to develop the REHEAL glove. This bioengineered glove is a flexible, polymeric wound dressing made of a transparent silicone for the treatment of hand trauma. The innovative product can provide negative pressure would therapy as well as deliver therapeutics such as topical gels and irrigation. In addition, the glove allows for greater hand mobilization in the earlier phases of wound healing, which in turn accelerates rehabilitation. Previous studies have demonstrated the safety and feasibility of the product for improving patient care.​

Visit https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/uota-umb013118.php for more information.

(from todayswoundclinic.com)

SANUWAVE Announces Exhibition at SAWC

 

SUWANEE, Ga., Jan. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SANUWAVE Health, Inc. (OTCQB:SNWV) is pleased to announce that the company will exhibit, SAWC (Symposium on Advanced Wound Care) in Charlotte, NC on April 25 – 29, 2018. This will be SANUWAVE’s first opportunity to present their flagship wound care device, the dermaPACE System, to the U.S. market since receiving US FDA clearance in December, allowing the Company to market the device in the US.

“We are excited to be back presenting at SAWC spring in Charlotte, our first time as an exhibitor in 8 years.  Since FDA clearance, the support coming from the wound care community has been overwhelmingly positive,”  Stated Kevin R. Richardson, CEO and Chairman of the Board.  Mr. Richardson continued, “We are glad to be making our shift from an R&D centered company to a marketing based company.  This will be the start of our reemergence in the wound care space.”  The Company is using this occasion to formally introduce their lead wound care product, the dermaPACE® System.  This Extracorporeal Shockwave Technology … read more
 

NAWCO Initiates Wound Care Certification Internationally

ST. JOSEPH, Mich., Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO®) announced today, the international expansion of its WCC® (Wound Care Certified) credential. The first group of international candidates sat for the proctored WCC® board certification exam at the conclusion of the NAWCO® approved Skin and Wound Management course in Nassau, The Bahamas on December 8, 2017.

 

“We are honored to be chosen as the approved credential for the Public Hospitals Authority, one of the best healthcare systems in the Caribbean.  We would also like to congratulate the Wound Care Education Institute® for being chosen as the preferred education provider for the system as well. This milestone represents our continued commitment to grow the number one wound care certification in the United States to areas throughout the world where the need for more qualified wound care clinicians is great.  We are excited to now offer WCC® certification beyond our American boundaries”, said Cindy Broadus, Executive Director NAWCO®.
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Wound care company introduces new technology

Swift Medical has introduced Swift AutoDepth technology, which lets clinicians take wound depth measurements at the point of care using a smartphone camera.

 

PointClickCare Skin and Wound, which is powered by Swift Medical technology, will be one of the first solutions to integrate Swift AutoDepth, the company said.

 

“Wounds heal from the inside out, and wound depth measurement is an important indicator in determining if a wound is healing properly,” says Carlo Perez, CEO of Swift Medical. “We saw the need for a touch-free and painless way to automate wound depth measurement and delivered with AutoDepth.”
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Healogics, Inc. Names David Bassin as New Chief Executive Officer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, today announced that it has appointed David Bassin to serve as Chief Executive Officer. Bassin joined Healogics in January 2016 as Chief Financial Officer.

 

“David has been an instrumental member of the executive leadership team and a catalyst for change within the organization,” said John Dineen, Chairman of the Board. Dineen went on to say, “David’s extensive leadership experience within healthcare, coupled with his understanding of the Healogics business, makes him uniquely qualified for this CEO role.”

 

David Bassin, Chief Executive Officer

David Bassin, Chief Executive Officer

Prior to Healogics, Bassin served as Chief Financial Officer at eviCore Healthcare, Inc., MedSolutions, Inc., and inVentiv Health, Inc. Over the course of his 20-year career, he has had the opportunity to touch many areas of healthcare, including clinical services, product management, payer strategies and, with Healogics, physician practice management. “His proven track record of driving company growth through strategic initiatives, acquisitions and operational efficiencies will allow him to seamlessly transition into this role. I am delighted that he has accepted this position,” said Dineen.

 

“I am excited by the opportunity to lead Healogics. It is an honor; and I’m grateful to the Board of Directors for this opportunity,” said David Bassin. “We have an exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals. It’s our people that make Healogics a special company and the preeminent provider of wound care. Together, with our hospital partners, we are making an incredible difference in the lives of our patients every day. This is truly an exciting time to be part of Healogics and to lead the company into the future of healthcare.”

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“We are incredibly fortunate to have an executive like David leading Healogics

OnCourse Learning Acquires Leading Wound Care Training Company

Wound Care Education Institute will provide expanded offerings to healthcare clinicians

 

BROOKFIELD, Wis.Jan. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — OnCourse Learning today announced the acquisition of Wound Care Education Institute, an internationally recognized wound care education leader for healthcare professionals.

 

“Wound care impacts patients along nearly the entire care continuum,” said Patrick Sheahan, President and CEO of OnCourse Learning. “By educating clinicians throughout the continuum, patient care can be more positively influenced thanks to Wound Care Education Institute’s library of courses.”

 

WCEI was founded in 2002 in Lake Geneva, Wis., by Nancy Morgan, RN, BSN, MBA, WOC, DWC, OMS, and Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, DWC, OMS. While working as registered nurses, they noticed a trend of nurses and healthcare professionals who had an interest in wound care but limited or non-existent access to specialized wound education. Morgan and Sardina decided to effect change by forming WCEI … read more

 

Mölnlycke Partners With Tissue Analytics to Simplify Chronic Wound Care

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ –Mölnlycke, a world-leading medical solutions company, is pleased to announce a ground-breaking partnership with Tissue Analytics, a developer of a sophisticated digital wound imaging platforms. This exciting partnership brings together Mölnlycke’s outstanding expertise in wound care and Tissues Analytics’ advanced digital capabilities.

 

The two parties will jointly develop and commercialize innovative digital solutions for wound care practitioners including comprehensive clinical decision support tools that will significantly simplify and standardize wound assessment and treatment.

 

Today, practitioners are constrained by the quality of data available for wound assessment. Conditions, such as chronic wounds, burns and pressure ulcers are evaluated using only visual approximations.
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Role of Omega3 – Can Activate Anti-inflammatory…

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kerecis, the company using fish skin to heal human wounds and tissue damage, will present results of multiple studies of its technology at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Fall meeting to be held October 20 to 22. Kerecis is exhibiting in booth 610 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

 

One study, which is being presented by Dr. John C. Lantis of the Mount Sinai Health System, NY, starts to elucidate the potential impact of Kerecis fish skin on anti-inflammatory pathways in wound healing. A key stage to healing of the wound is inflammation; modulating this inflammation is important to getting wound bed to heal. The study compared the fatty acid content of Kerecis Omega3 Wound to human skin, human-amnion membrane and collagen matrices, and found that fish skin contains much more Omega3 fatty acids.

 

In addition, this was the first time a study demonstrated that the beneficial Omega3 fatty acids modulate inflammatory response in human keratinocytes. Specifically, the pivotal study showed that fatty acids from fish skin can activate anti-inflammatory pathways in adult human keratinocytes through a Specialized Pro-Resolvin (SPM) pathway.

 

Researchers involved in the study believe that these results shed new light on the mechanism of action of Kerecis Omega3 Wound and may in part explain why it has been shown to improve healing rates in full-thickness wounds….

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