The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Okla., has a 90% cure rate treating wounds ranging from diabetic foot ulcers to traumatic, slow-healing wounds.
A Google Glass application called EyeSight, made by Austin, Texas-based Pristine, allows medical practitioners to stream video and audio of wounds to physicians who can determine if they need to see the patient in person. Slow-healing chronic wounds such as diabetic and venous ulcers are a promising market for the technology, this article says. The app, which has undergone testing at the University of California at Irvine, will soon be used at Wound Care Advantage outpatient clinics in Southern California.
Patients are being recruited for Phase III clinical trials of a spray containing human cells that release growth factors into a wound to encourage tissue regeneration. Wounds treated with the spray were 52% more likely to heal than those treated with compression bandages in earlier trials.
Certified wound specialist Desmond Bell provides guidance for clinicians who want to develop an interdisciplinary, community-based wound-care team. Clinicians must be aware of the importance of time in wound treatment, the team must consistently follow programs and protocols, and the clinic should have a well-considered social media presence, Bell writes. An electronic health record system can help ensure compliance and proper billing, and providers should network and volunteer in the community, he suggests.
An experimental electronic tattoo could monitor patients' heart rate, temperature, stress level, hydration and other symptoms and transmit them to a health care provider. Materials scientists at the University of Illinois say they can print circuits directly onto skin with a rubber stamp, then cover them with a spray-on, protective bandage. A tattoo applied to a wound could transmit healing data to doctors, researcher John Rogers said.