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by The Wound Healing Foundation
This update from the Wound Healing Foundation (WHF) provides an overview of current and future educational, research and community-based initiatives in wound care. Recent WHF activities and opportunities include participation in international dialogue and meetings, as well as the ongoing efforts to advance and support scientific research in the field of wound management.

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Springdale, OH – November 14, 2017 – The National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA) recently announced a new public/private partnership with Ocean Spray Cranberries designed to target Antibiotic Resistance and improve Antibiotic Stewardship efforts in America's Long-Term Care and Post-Acute Care healthcare facilities. This partnership is focused on clinical education, research, and public policy and advocacy to improve Antibiotic Stewardship across the continuum of care.

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by Jeffrey Levine MD

Please join me Thursday, November 16 from 3:00-4:00pm EST for a free webinar presented by myself and Elizabeth A. Ayello, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, ETN, MAPWCA, FAAN sponsored by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), entitled, Unavoidable Pressure Injuries, Terminal Ulceration, and Skin Failure: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

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by The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders

In their quarterly Alliance Advocacy Update, the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders (Alliance) provides an update on their ongoing advocacy initiatives on behalf of their clinical association members to ensure access, coverage and payment to wound care procedures and technologies for patients and providers.

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San Diego, CA – October 3, 2017 – CogenDx, the genetics brand of Millennium Health, LLC, announced the launch of its newest test offering, DxWound. The test uses DNA-based technology to provide accurate, sensitive detection of an array of microbes, including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, fungi, plus antibiotic resistance genes. Results from the tests equip clinicians to rapidly and accurately identify potential pathogens causing infections and select antibiotics with greater likelihood for efficacy.

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Chicago, IL – October 23, 2017 – Global medical technology company Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC) today announced the launch of a new medical-surgical bed solution for hospitals that offers optimized patient safety, enhanced patient satisfaction and advanced caregiver-focused technology. The new Hill-Rom® Centrella™ Smart+ bed is available now in the U.S., and in Canada in November.

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Marietta, GA – October 11, 2017 – MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG), 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, announced today that the latest peer-reviewed clinical study of MiMedx dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane ("dHACM") allografts has been published in the International Wound Journal.

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by The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders

October 4, 2017 - A new study published online in the International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research's (ISPOR) Value in Health journal demonstrates the economic impact of chronic nonhealing wounds in Medicare patients. The findings highlight the need for Federal research funding, quality measures and reimbursement models that are relevant to wound care. Such measures are not currently included under Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) payment policies, including the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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Washington, D.C. – October 2, 2017– The NPUAP participated in the first meeting of the 2019 International Pressure Ulcer Guideline Governance Group (GGG) on September 22-23, 2017. The GGG meeting was held immediately following the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) 2017 Annual Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Silver Spring, MD – September 6th, 2017 – The final guidance, "Deviation Reporting for Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products Regulated Solely Under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act and 21 CFR Part 1271," explains when it is necessary for manufacturers of certain human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps), which do not require FDA premarket review and approval, to report to the agency when infectious disease testing or determination of other donor eligibility criteria have not been performed properly.

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