Wound Care Diagnostics

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Columbus, OH – April 26, 2018 – A newly-issued patent emphasizes WoundWiseIQ’s advanced technical performance as an innovative healthcare technology leader through its algorithms which automatically calculate the area of a wound with significantly improved accuracy over similar offerings.

Gary Ross, CEO of the company says, “Achieving a patent for WoundWiseIQ is a major accomplishment for our company. It puts us at the top of the list in terms of automatic wound measurement providers with the most accurate and well-developed technology.”

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biofilm culture under microscope

by the WoundSource Editors

Have you ever had plaque buildup on your teeth, seen a thin clear film on the top of your pet's water bowl, or stepped into a locker room shower where the floor felt slick and slimy? If so, then did you realize these were all forms of biofilm? Biofilm is a complex microbial community containing self- and surface-attached microorganisms that are embedded in an extracellular polymeric substance, or EPS.1,2 The EPS is the slimy substance in the previous examples and is primarily a polysaccharide protective matrix synthesized and secreted by the microorganisms that attaches the biofilm firmly to a living or non-living surface. This film protects the organisms from destruction first by being tenacious and keeping the microbial community strongly attached to a surface.

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Lab culture


I see it all of the time. Wound care clinicians performing wound cultures incorrectly, or obtaining cultures just because there is an open wound. With this being said, there are certain health care settings where per protocol, swab cultures are taken on every wound, even without signs and symptoms of infection. But I want you to always ask yourself a few questions when determining if a culture is warranted: Are there signs and symptoms of infection? Is there an odor after the wound has been cleansed? Has wound healing stalled? Maybe there is a biofilm present?

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the emperor's new clothes

By Thomas E. Serena MD, FACS, FACHM, FAPWCA

The Emperor's New Clothes was one of my favorite childhood stories. In this Hans Christian Anderson tale, two weavers clothe the emperor in what today would be referred to as "virtual finery." All of his ministers, advisers, factotums and subjects praise the beauty of the unseen linens until a small boy states the obvious truth, "Look, the Emperor is naked."

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By Michel H.E. Hermans, MD

The 2014 SAWC Fall conference took place in October in Las Vegas. As always, it was good to see colleagues, share thoughts and stories, stroll through the exhibition areas and attend the lectures. As usual, the meeting was well organized although given the size of the Vegas hotels, reaching it—even from your room within the conference hotel itself—provided enough walking exercise for a week.

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em>By Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS

There is more to wound care diagnostics than swabbing a wound to determine whether infection is present. Advances in science and knowledge in wound care have led to new ways of assessing wound healing.

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by Bruce E. Ruben MD

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) refers to a long-term condition where the veins inside the legs have lost their ability to move blood back up to the heart from the legs. This occurs because the vein walls have weakened to the point where the venous pumps are no longer sufficient enough to send blood back up, against gravity, to the heart. CVI also affects the tiny valves inside the leg veins. When these valves do not close sufficiently, blood seeps back down past the valves and pools in the lower legs.

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By Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS

Wound care diagnostics includes examination of wounds for the purpose of wound classification. Why does it matter? It matters because treatment varies greatly depending on the type of wound. For example, venous insufficiency ulcers are treated differently than arterial insufficiency ulcers. Failing to differentiate between these wounds could mean the loss of a limb. Let’s take a look at some of the commonly used diagnostics in wound care.