Remember Unna Boots?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

A venous leg ulcer (VLU), also known as a varicose ulcer, stasis ulcer, or phlebostatic ulcer, is the most common ulcer of the leg, accounting for about 70% of all ulcerations. The clinical features of VLUs include increased skin temperature of the lower extremities, edema, varicose veins, and skin changes, such as stasis eczema, skin sclerosis, and hyperpigmentation. In 1882, …

Skin Failure vs Pressure Injury

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

With medical advancements in past decades, patients frequently survive acute and/or chronic conditions that once relegated them to immediate death. Consequently, medical conditions, such as integument failure, once without time to manifest, are now commonly observed. In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) set a goal to reduce the number of hospital-acquired conditions (including pressure injuries) by …

Cleaning a wound on an arm

Wounds, Infection, Sepsis – End in Sight?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent article in Science Translational Medicine, January 2020, a study regarding the need for improved treatments for wound healing identified a product that may actually reduce inflammation and infection. This product is not yet on the market but should give us reason to pause. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if residents with wounds could be free …