Tag: covid-19

Swift Medical’s new imaging platform expands the digital wound care company into decentralized trials

Digital wound care company Swift Medical launched Swift Scientific, a digital imaging platform to support decentralized clinical trials.

The platform allows for large-scale image collection and management so researchers can monitor the effects of medical interventions at a multisite trial or from study participants’ homes.

Swift’s product, Swift Skin and Wound, is an AI-enabled platform that lets patients or providers capture high-precision images of skin conditions or injuries with a smartphone. It tracks disease progression and healing, and allows for remote communication and data sharing … read more

Challenges faced by doctors and nurses in wound care management during the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey and their views on telehealth

AIM: This study aimed to determine the problems faced by physicians and nurses dealing with chronic wound care during the COVID-19 pandemic and their views on telehealth.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive and cross-sectional design was used in this study. The sample comprised physicians (n = 74) and nurses (n = 271) interested in chronic wound care. Data were collected through a questionnaire form consisting of open- and closed-ended questions … read more

Tele Wound Care Navigation for Wound Care Providers

The digital age is upon us, like it or not, ready or not. For the past few years, payers have incentivized, encouraged, reimbursed, and adopted various digital, remote monitoring systems and devices as a way to encourage providers to adopt more digital, remote methods. Although complete telehealth services were not reimbursed in all care settings in all Zip Codes by all payers throughout the United States at the beginning of 2020, many of the restrictions and barriers to provide nearly complete digital services were suddenly released in response to the needs of a nation in the throes of a pandemic … read more

A report of 12 months’ of data collected from a diabetic foot clinic at a public hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This report interprets data gathered from a diabetic foot ulcer clinic in an outpatient department of a public hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The data were gathered between September 2019 and August 2020 and were entered into a Microsoft Excel™ spreadsheet. It gives basic demographic information of Cambodian patients with diabetic foot ulceration and provides data that can be used to measure any future research or audit. The data collection timeframe … read more

Scenes From the COVID Resurgence in Wound Clinics

Physicians weathered the first wave of COVID-19 over a year ago, coping with challenges such as a lack of personal protective equipment, providing care via telehealth, and a lack of vaccines. With the Delta variant, many hospitals may be swamped with patients with the coronavirus. Several physicians spoke to Today’s Wound Clinic about their challenges.

“We are busier than ever,” says Matthew Regulski, DPM, ABMSP, CMET, FAPWH(c), the medical director of the Wound Care Institute of Ocean County, New Jersey. “We have so many wound patients. Our wound centers are jam-packed.” … read more

Wound care and dressing selection for pharmacy teams

Pharmacists play a key role and are often the first point of contact for people with wounds, both chronic and acute. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this has only become more apparent.

The burden of wound care is increasing through the ageing population, growing comorbidities and increased skin integrity issues (Guest et al, 2015; Guest et al, 2020), with the annual prevalence of wounds increasing by 71% between 2012/2013 and 2017/2018 (Guest et al, 2020) – and with many people being reluctant to go into the hospital or primary care setting, the key role of the pharmacist will continue to develop and grow … read more

The legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential impact on persons with wounds

COVID-19 has dramatically disrupted the practice of managing individuals with wounds.1 Care has moved onto virtual platforms, rearranging the logistics and economics of running a successful clinical practice and research, and in some contexts,2 redefining what treatments patients with wounds can receive (eg, debridement). Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, there has been considerable emphasis placed on the implications for patients with wounds in terms of their vulnerability to the virus and potential exposure in health care settings. Many of these are not surprising since most persons with wounds are in the high-risk age groups for COVID-19 … read more

Multicentre clinical trial to explore efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen for preventing ICU admission, morbidity and mortality in adult patients with COVID-19

INTRODUCTION: COVID-19 may cause severe pneumonitis and trigger a massive inflammatory response that requires ventilatory support. The intensive care unit (ICU)-mortality has been reported to be as high as 62%. Dexamethasone is the only of all anti-inflammatory drugs that have been tested to date that has shown a positive effect on mortality. We aim to explore if treatment with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) is safe and effective for patients with severe COVID-19. Our hypothesis is that HBO can prevent ICU admission, morbidity and mortality by attenuating the inflammatory response. The primary objective is to evaluate if HBO reduces the number of ICU admissions compared with best practice treatment for COVID-19, main secondary objectives are to evaluate if HBO reduces the load on ICU resources, morbidity and mortality and to evaluate if HBO mitigates the inflammatory reaction in COVID-19 …

Why We Depend on One Another in Wound Care

July means different things to different people for different reasons. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the month of July represented the first real month of summer. It signaled the end of the school year, and it was time to have fun. After college graduation, the first day of July for medical students correlates with the first day of medical school classes, and for senior medical students, the beginning of most medical residency programs. This first day of summer can be wrought with both excitement and fear … Prior to starting medical school, I spent the month of June shadowing an emergency room physician at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine at the Hershey Medical Center … read more

Pandemic leads to changes in delivery of care for diabetic foot infections

The COVID-19 pandemic led to early disruptions in diabetic foot care during lockdowns, and cases of diabetes-associated foot infections increased after lockdowns were lifted, according to a speaker … Brian Schmidt, DPM, an assistant professor of internal medicine in the division of metabolism, endocrinology and diabetes at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, said during a virtual presentation at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions that poor messaging at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic may have kept many patients with diabetic foot conditions from contacting providers about complications, leading to increases in infections after stay-at-home orders were lifted … read more

Tips for providing diabetes foot care through telemedicine

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, foot evaluations — including wound debridement, off-loading, radiographs, dressing recommendations and infection control — required in-person visits. With the pandemic closing clinics and canceling hospital services, providers had to explore different ways to continue monitoring people in need of diabetic foot care … At the University of Southern California, providers were forced to make a rapid shift to telemedicine when COVID-19 stay-at-home orders began. In the 6 weeks before the pandemic, all patient contacts for diabetes foot care took place through clinic visits. In the first 6 weeks after COVID-19 lockdowns … read more

Pandemic Underlines Importance of Alternative Support Surfaces in Pressure Wound Care

Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries (HAPIs) – long a major healthcare problem for hospitalized patients – have the potential to increase with the increasing amount of patients requiring ICU care due to COVID-19. Regardless of primary diagnosis, when immobility, pressure, friction, shear, poor nutrition, and poor profusion plague the hospitalized patient, HAPIs often occur. Each year, more than 2.5 million patients suffer from these injuries, costing the U.S. healthcare system anywhere from $9.1 – 11.6 billion annually … read more