Timolol may be an effective and inexpensive treatment for wound healing, according to a poster presented at AAD VMX 2021 … “Timolol may function at multiple levels to enhance wound healing, including through increased angiogenesis, fibroblast function and reepithelization,” Angelina S. Hwang, BS, of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote … The single-center retrospective study included 33 patients with a mean age of 68.8 years whose wounds were treated with timolol, a beta-adrenergic receptor antagonist. Treatment occurred in the department of dermatology at Mayo Clinic Arizona between January 2014 and November 201 … read more
Chris Farley Wound Care, “Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!”
by Michael Miller DO, FACOS, FAPWCA, WCC
For those of you who cannot remember the now deceased comedian Chris Farley, did not find his humor funny or simply cannot remember any of his memorable performances; I suggest you move on to another, less controversial, “here’s how to use scissors” type of blog.
Chris Farley was a genius. His insights covered many, many topics but their pertinence, I have found, is particularly suited to wound care. Those of you who work in the vicinity of a wound care dabbler, I invite you to cut this blog out and surreptitiously leave it where they cannot miss it or send them the link. I am betting that one or two of the following will strike home but even if not, at least they will get the message that someone (probably many-one) wants them to reconsider their current as-yet-unrecognized (you may substitute the words barbaric, substandard, fraudulent or wasteful) practices. Recently, the shenanigans of several 4-hour-per-week wound management company puppets have led a handful of patients to file complaints with their clinics, hospitals and in two cases, demand that they not be charged (believe it or not, with no coercion, suggestion or turbo charging and actually with a second or two of feigned disbelief on my part).
The basics are simple, so let’s get them out on the table. The keys to success are not just avoiding making mistakes but recognizing that one was made and avoiding making it again. While Mr. Farley inadvertently but repeatedly insults Sir Paul McCartney during an adoration-fueled interview, he rewards each faux pas he commits with a smack to his forehead accompanied by his self-acknowledged cry of “Stupid, Stupid, Stupid.” The resultant laughter from the audience and his embarrassment should result in Chris’ reminding himself not to act stupidly again. Of course, the key to the comedic bit is his ability to say the wrong thing again and again and punish himself for the wrong thing again and again. If only Chris had a check list on which to remind himself what things were safe to ask and what questions or actions would take him into treacherous territory. Fortunately for his audience, he just never got it right … read more
The German company COLDPLASMATECH specializes in using plasma to treat wounds. Plasma is the fourth state of matter, one substantially less common than gas, liquid or solid. While plasma has been in use in the health care industry for some time, it continues to improve as a possible treatment for wound victims.
According to Medical Xpress, COLDPLASMATECH utilizes cold plasma, similar to the kind found in lightning, to treat wounds. Early tests found the material to be tissue tolerable and its temperature allows for physicians to better work with its bioactivity.
Cold plasma treatment represents another step forward in plasma being effectively used to treat wounds.
Plasma as a wound treatment
In a study that was published in Clinical Plasma Medicine, experts outlined the difficulty in comparing plasma tests. The problem comes in the various sources for plasma as each produces different biological and physical properties. Nevertheless, medical researchers have been compiling data for years, earning an understanding of each plasma and its effectiveness in wound treatment.
Part of the drive for pushing plasma research forward is its potential to accelerate the healing process. St. George News highlighted how platelet-rich plasma has been used in healing therapy over the last several decades. However, technological improvements have heightened plasma’s effectiveness, enabling it to be a faster-acting wound treatment … read more