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Telehealth strategies for improving your healthcare business

October 14, 2014

Telehealth is on its way to becoming a mainstream part of the healthcare industry. Telehealth statistics show that industries across the healthcare continuum — including home care, hospitals, accountable care organizations, behavioral health and more — are benefiting from using telehealth technology to support their clients, patients and employees. The big question for many companies, however, is whether telehealth is right for their organization

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Do Diabetic Foot Infections With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Differ From Those With Other Pathogens?

October 6, 2014

There is controversy as to whether or not diabetic foot infections (DFIs) caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are associated with worse outcomes than DFIs caused by other pathogens. To address this issue we performed a nonsystematic literature search of published articles in English language journals seeking studies reporting on the outcomes of DFIs related to their microbiology. We retrieved 48 articles published from 1999 to 2013 that described a total of 7771 cases of DFI

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Diabetic Charcot Neuroarthropathy of the Foot and Ankle with Osteomyelitis

October 1, 2014

One of the most devastating foot and/or ankle complications in the diabetic population with peripheral neuropathy is the presence of Charcot neuroarthropathy (CN). In recent years, diabetic limb salvage has been attempted more frequently as opposed to major lower extremity amputation for CN of the foot and ankle with ulceration and/or deep infection. Treatment strategies for osteomyelitis in the diabetic population have evolved.

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Conservative Surgery of Diabetic Forefoot Osteomyelitis: How Can I Operate on This Patient Without Amputation?

September 25, 2014

Surgery is necessary in many cases of diabetic foot osteomyelitis.

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Saving the Limb in Diabetic Patients With Ischemic Foot Lesions Complicated by Acute Infection

September 25, 2014

Ischemia and infection are the most important factors affecting the prognosis of foot ulcerations in diabetic patients. To improve the outcome of these patients, it is necessary to aggressively treat 2 important pathologies—namely, occlusive arterial disease affecting the tibial and femoral arteries and infection of the ischemic diabetic foot. Each of these 2 conditions may lead to major limb amputation, and the presence of both critical limb ischemia (CLI) and acute deep infection is a major risk factor for lower-extremity amputation.

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How to Close a Limb Fasciotomy Wound: An Overview of Current Techniques

September 25, 2014

Early fasciotomy is the gold standard of prevention and treatment of compartment syndrome; however, the resulting wounds may significantly increase morbidity. To address the challenge of timely and safe closure of fasciotomy wounds, numerous methods have been described. A thorough search of medical databases PubMed/MEDLINE, ScienceDirect, SCOPUS, EMBASE, and Google Scholar was conducted for articles published between 1976 and 2013 using the search terms “limb fasciotomy wound closure,” “open wound management,” “skin stretching,” and “fasciotomy complications.” A total of 49 articles on technique descriptions, case reports of 2 or more patients, and of complications and comparative studies regarding limb fasciotomy wound closure were included.

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Wound Documentation by Using 3G Mobile as Acquisition Terminal: An Appropriate Proposal for Community Wound Care

September 25, 2014

The increasing numbers of cases of wound disease are now posing a big challenge in China.

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Running shoe mass: Can feet tell any difference?

September 9, 2014

Research suggests that when trying on athletic shoes in a retail store, an individual’s perceptions of shoe mass primarily come from handling the shoes and less (if at all) from test-wearing them.

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