This smart mat can predict the onset of foot ulcers

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology hackathon participant developed a smart mat that helps detect early warning signs of foot ulcers. Jon Bloom, co-founder of startup company Podimetrics, developed a mat that can detect foot ulcers before they happen and reduce the number of amputations occurring. Bloom completed his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in

How slugs are creating better medical adhesives

Slug mucus is the inspiration behind a new adhesive to close surgical wounds and reduce the use of surgical staples, according to new research out of Harvard. Some of the current adhesives on the market can be toxic and stick together tissues weakly. Some can’t be used in wet environments altogether, which can pose a

Scapa Healthcare receives patent for wound dressings

Scapa Healthcare was recently granted a patent for its hydrogel wound dressings for chest cavities. The patent offers protection in Germany, France and the U.K. Partnered with Prometheus Medical, the patented design was created to help with potentially fatal chest wounds in combat that could have been caused by a bullet, shrapnel or stabbing. It

Vomaris’s technology disrupts biofilm-induced antibiotic resistance

Vomaris Innovations announced that data has shown how exposure to electric fields generated by its Advanced Microcurrent Technology can disrupt biofilm-induced antibiotic resistance. The data was presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Wound Healing Society spring conference on April 5-9 in San Diego. Bacteria usually forms biofilms to be able to protect

How the CellMist SkinGun heals: a Q&A with RenovaCare’s CEO

When Thomas Bold joined RenovaCare in 2013, he was already familiar with its potentially groundbreaking technology. Bold had served as StemCell Systems CEO in Berlin for many years. He was involved in the development of the CellMist and SkinGun – the platform technologies for RenovaCare Inc. The technologies represent a shift in thinking about wound care, Bold said. Bold’s goal

3 new wound dressings you should know

Surgical dressings are designed to control post-operation bleeding, absorb exudate, ease pain and provide protection for the wound, according to an article relayed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. If properly taken care of, surgical dressings prevent surgical site infections. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the chances of developing a post-surgical wound infection ranges from

The stem cell ‘skin gun’ that’s aiming to disrupt wound care

RenovaCare’s SkinGun uses a patient’s own stem cells to heal their wounds faster and more efficiently than a traditional skin graft. Pennsylvania state police officer Matthew Uram suffered severe second-degree burns to his face, right arm and leg after a friend’s bonfire got out of control. Uram was facing months of painful skin grafts, the

Disrupting fee-for-service: Acelity aims to prove its value in wound care

Value-based care is disrupting the old fee-for-service models in the U.S. healthcare industry, and medical device makers must adapt or perish. Here’s how wound care company Acelity is responding.  The rise of value-based care in the U.S. is causing a major shift in the medical device industry. Health provider customers want to know how medical

Usnic acid electrospun fibers demonstrate antibacterial properties

Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science in Juazeiro, Brazil have reported on the antibacterial properties of usnic acid, a strong lichen metabolite, encapsulated in electrospun fibers. The team’s work was published in Recent Patents on Nanotechnology. Usnic acid has been used in commercial products, such as creams, toothpastes and sunscreen, due to their antiviral, animicrobial

Acelity introduces ALLODERM SELECT DUO Regenerative Tissue Matrix

Acelity, a global advanced wound care and regenerative medicine company, announced that ALLODERM SELECT DUOTM Regenerative Tissue Matrix is now available in the U.S. ALLODERM Regenerative Tissue Matrix is a biological tissue matrix for soft tissue reinforcement in breast reconstruction procedures, with more than 1.4 million implants to date. The new offering is a matched tissue

Regenerative bandage heals diabetic wounds faster

At some point in their lives, 15% of people with diabetes will develop a painful and hard-to-treat foot ulcer. Twenty-four percent of those  will require a lower-leg amputation. And, in some instances, what seems initially like a harmless sore might even lead to death. A Northwestern University team developed a new treatment for this severe and

BBI to build first digital surveillance system for pressure ulcers

Medical device company Bruin Biometrics (BBI), is linking the SEM Scanner, its wireless point-of-care device for pressure ulcer detection, to a digital registry for pressure ulcers known as “PUNT” (Pressure Ulcer Notification Tool) as it steps up its war on a life-threatening condition that claims as many lives in the U.S. as most cancers. Pressure

entrotech life sciences launches ChloraDerm IV Securement portfolio

entrotech life sciences (ELS) recently announced the availability of FDA-Cleared ChloraDerm in a new design with a reinforced border, ideal for advanced IV catheter securement. ChloraDerm is the first and only transparent film dressing containing the Chlorhexidine Advantage, a safe, colophony-and acid-free, edge-to-edge chlorhexidine matrix with effectiveness against multi-drug-resistant organisms, including MRSA for at least

UK researchers tap AI to disrupt cancer and critical care treatments

UK-based universities are working to create artificial intelligent (AI) devices that can improve treatment for cancer, intensive care, and chronic wound patients. They plan to develop continuous monitoring devices for critically ill patients that can administer medicines or adjust treatment automatically, using feedback from sensors. With such tools, researchers from Nottingham, Oxford, and Warwick Universities

RevMedx announces the first field use of hemostatic device

RevMedx today announced that the XSTAT hemostatic device has been successfully deployed on a patient in a field setting.  The use of XSTAT on a soldier was the first documented clinical use of the product since its release. After failing to staunch severe bleeding in the patient using standard hemostatic technologies, a United States forward surgical