Tuesday, June 11, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Cleaner Air in Hospitals

Not particularly breaking news, but always nice to hear about the technological innovations coming out of Israel:

When dealing with open wounds, doctors know that applying airtight suction to the affected area dramatically lessens a patient’s healing time. Thus, doctors employ numerous techniques, and use a plethora of devices, to keep air out of wounds and incisions.
But few are as effective as Prevena, the latest offering from international medical technology giant Kinetic Concepts (KCI, represented in Israel by Chemitec), the company says. With Prevena, according to Ron Silverman, chief medical officer for KCI, the average incision treated with the device will heal in five to seven days, about half the amount of time it would take to heal when compared to older devices.
Prevena, said Silverman, is an “incision management system.” Incisions are necessary when a doctor is conducting a life-saving operation, but if not treated properly, an incision can quickly turn into a pool of bacteria, which, due to easier access to the body and the patient’s weakened state, can create a life-threatening situation.
Prevena is the first powered negative pressure product designed specifically for management of closed surgical incisions that continue to drain following sutured or stapled closure. The battery-powered device uses a special bandage, to which is attached the device itself. The device sucks out air, keeping the incision completely impervious to outside elements – and bacteria – while the body heals itself.
Also being marketed by KCI in Israel is a customizable device called V.A.C. Ulta. Similar to Prevena, it has the added benefit of allowing antibiotic fluid to drip into the wound, killing any bacteria that might exist.

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