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May 14, 2021 HealthcareNews

 

Wound healing is a clinical problem, that is rising over the years, that is affected by age and multi-morbidity, which is when someone has two or more chronic conditions that affect their quality of life. This morbidity increases the risk of developing wounds and are extrinsic factors, however, there are also intrinsic factors that can intensify the development of chronic wounds.

As someone gets older, there are changes in body composition and energy imbalance, specially changes in the skin, with loss of elasticity and thinning of the dermis. These intrinsic factors make the skin vulnerable to trauma and have a major effect on wound healing.

Currently, the estimated number of chronic wound patients in the United States are 6.5 million, and it is estimated that these patients usually experience pain and loss of function and mobility. Furthermore, the costs spent with treating wound related complications are huge, which imply the necessity of a better plan for managing wound healing, specially in older people.

The care of elderly patients with chronic wounds requires a multidisciplinary approach, that incorporates the skills of nursing, geriatric medicine, and palliative care. This approach makes it possible to achieve wound healing, costs reduction and improve the patient’s outcomes. Specialized wound centers have also been developed to better heal the most difficult chronic wounds, specially for elderly people.

For patients that use medical devices on a daily basis, the medical adhesive-related skin injuries (MARSI) are also another important thing to be aware of and to be prevented, so that there are no further harmful effects that compromise the integrity of the skin. Fortunately, MARSI is easily preventable if the products used are correctly chosen, as the adhesive used, for example. Current adhesives are viscous, chemical, and glue-based materials, that cause a lot of pain to patients, and that can lead to complications in elderly people.

A way to erase MARSI is using products like Bio2Skin, a glue-less medical adhesive, that overcomes the disadvantages of the current medical adhesives and that can be an important solution for providing better quality of life and health to older individuals, using a sustainable product with impact in the environmental and financial healthcare system.

 

Source:

http://www.rimed.org/rimedicaljournal/2016/02/2016-02-34-wound-gould.pdf



May 7, 2021 HealthcareNews

Children are being affected by chronic skin diseases, and atopic dermatitis is a very common one. Its diagnosis has been rising, being about 10 to 20% of the pediatric population in Europe and affecting up to 20% of children worldwide. Despite not being a life-threatening condition is an important topic to address, because it can significantly lower people’s quality of life, beyond the fact that one third of patients carry the disease into adulthood.

Atopic dermatitis is a multifactorial disease, being the result of the combination of genetic, immunologic, and environmental factors, infections causing dysfunctions of the skin barrier, and inflammation. The main symptoms of atopic dermatitis include pruritus, skin dryness and other skin lesions and it can be controlled for most of the patients with topical therapy and skin care.

The topical therapy depends on the patient’s adherence and to achieve maximum effect is necessary to individualize the treatment to the patient’s needs, for example, the skin condition.

However, there are some cases where is difficult to control the disease. These patients with severe atopic dermatitis are mainly those with generalized skin lesions and long and continuous disease course. In this case, systemic therapy must be considered, in other words, treatments using substances that travel through the bloodstream. These therapies have potential to manage the disease, however, besides cyclosporine, approved in some European countries, none of the other systemic therapies are currently approved.

Cyclosporine can be sufficient in short-term therapies but patients with severe atopic dermatitis might require long-term therapy, with an individually adjusted maintenance dose at lowest levels controlling the disease. Cyclosporine should not be combined with phototherapy because of an increased risk for skin cancer.

Despite the availability of cyclosporine, the scientific community and the affected patients are expecting new developments for this disease. There is a clear medical need that should be addressed in the future by the pharmaceutical industry.

Beyond systemic therapies, new approaches are being developed, which target the pathways involved in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis, which may be more effective than systemic therapy. These agents modify or block a specific cellular signal or a pro-inflammatory pathway.

To sum up, this disease has been rising in the world, but there have not been a lot of studies regarding it, being necessary more research regarding the topic.

 

 

 

 

Souce:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6566979/

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/all.12339

https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/484406



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