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by Jennifer Hurlow, GNP, CWOCN, and Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWCN-AP

Chronic wounds are increasingly recognized as a global public health issue. Recent research revealed that nearly 15% of Medicare beneficiaries (>65 years of age) had at least one type of chronic wound in 2014. In the United States, there are an estimated 6.5 million chronic wounds, including leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers, each of which carries a mean annual treatment cost of $11,000, $15,400, and $42,100, respectively, leading to an economic burden of $96.8 billion dollars for the treatment of chronic wounds. Prevalence of chronic wounds is estimated to be growing at a rate of 13% per year, further adding to this current problem. Wound chronicity has been directly related to the presence of wound biofilm. Costerton and colleagues were the first to link biofilm with general infection risk.

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by the Wound Healing Foundation

It is with deep sadness that we join the family and announce that Thomas K. Hunt, MD, FACS recently passed away. Dr. Hunt was a pioneer in wounds who impacted wound research and wound treatments.

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by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

Washington, DC. – March 7, 2019 – On February 15, 2019, the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) approved a revision to the ANSI/RESNA SS-1-2014 standard. The revision includes 4 new test methods to evaluate important performance characteristics of support surfaces, including mattresses, mattress overlays, and integrated bed systems related to the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries. This National standard has been developed by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Support Surface Standards Initiate (S3I) and is available through RESNA (https://www.resna.org/standards/support-surfaces/support-surfaces).

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Woodbury, CT – February 15, 2019 – The American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWHTR) was founded almost a decade ago, with the sole purpose of helping to promote wound care towards specialty status. The ACWHTR submitted a proposal to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) seeking formal acceptance and approval of this specialty at the highest level of medical education in the US.

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Following years of Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholder (Alliance) advocacy to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) flagging concerns that the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding process chilled innovation and created barriers to coverage and reimbursement for DMEPOS and other new technologies/products in the wound care space, the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders is pleased to report that improvements to the process will be put in place in 2019. The Alliance is a founder and key member of the Alliance for HCPCS Coding Reform who has met regularly with CMS and HHS staff to articulate their concerns with the process.

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by the Wound Healing Foundation

The Wound Healing Foundation, through the support of Medline Corius Tissue Regeneration, is delighted to announce a new 3-year grant series; WHF-Medline Research Grant Innovation Award. The first of three consecutive $30,000 grant awards for the best scientific and innovative proposal will be awarded May 2019.

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by SteadMed Medical

Fort Worth, TX – October 1, 2018 — Urgo Medical North America (formerly SteadMed Medical), announced a new Federal Supply Schedule contract for its VASHE product line. The contract provides the Military Health System broad access to VASHE®, Vashe provides skin-friendly wound care with the highest concentration of pure hypochlorous acid* available on the market today. Vashe® Wound Solution is intended for cleansing, irrigating, moistening, debriding and removal of foreign material including microorganisms and debris from exudating and/or dirty wounds, acute and chronic dermal lesions, such as Stage I-IV pressure ulcers, stasis ulcers, diabetic ulcers, post-surgical wounds, first and second-degree burns, grafted and donor sites; and exit sites. Vashe® Wound Solution passes the USP<51> Antimicrobial Effectiveness Test, and demonstrates rapid effective activity in solution against a broad spectrum of gram-positive, gram-negative, and yeast species with the following in vitro time-kill results.

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by Industry News

January 15, 2019 – The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) will host the 2019 Pressure Ulcer Summit (PrU Summit) on February 8 and 9, 2019 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. The Summit will be preceded by the workshop, “PrU Prevention Programs: Justify, Quantify, Strategize,” on February 7.

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by Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWS, CWCN-AP

The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) is dedicated to providing forums that challenge the status quo, promote new ideas for practice and research, and, most importantly, share information that immediately enhances the care we provide to the patients who so desperately need our expertise. For wound care to advance as a specialty, our educational programs must not focus on novices and consist of redundant sanitized content; it requires open debate and critical evidence-based analysis. To achieve this, the AAWC is hosting a series of regional, single-topic meetings that are designed to bring high-level content at an affordable cost closer to our members who may not have the ability to attend a national meeting.

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by the WoundSource Editors

Jacksonville Beach, FL – January 15, 2019 – Kestrel Health Information, Inc. announces the appointment of four new members of the Editorial Advisory Board for the upcoming 2019 edition of WoundSource: Janet Wolfson, PT, CLWT, CWS, CLT-LANA; Kara Couch, MS, CRNP, CWS, CWCN-AP; Michel Hermans, MD; and Samantha Kuplicki, MSN, APRN-CNS, AGNCS-BC, CWCN-AP, CWS, RNFA, CFCN; according to publisher Jeanne M. Cunningham.

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