Innovations That Work!
Molecular Diagnosis of SSTIs May Yield Better Clinical Outcomes
Infection Prevention: A feeling for healing
Wound-care excellence requires education, evidence, efficacy
by Susan Cantrell, ELS
“Using microbial DNA, DxWound provides accurate, sensitive detection of an array of microbes…all delivered in a single actionable report generally within one business day, which is faster than final results can typically be delivered via culture and sensitivity testing,” said Angela Huskey, Chief Clinical Officer of Millennium Health.
November 2-4, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) features multidisciplinary wound care clinicians, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, researchers, scientists, podiatrists and dietitians – with the purpose to improve patient outcomes through education. Continuing education credits are offered for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, podiatrists, physical therapists, and dietitians.
Date: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
Time: 10 AM PT / 1PM ET
Duration: 1 hour
Managing wound complications such as skin and soft tissue infections is a well-known challenge for clinicians. Multiple interventions are typically required for optimal outcomes, and initiating the appropriate antimicrobial therapy for SSTIs within the first 48 hours is key. This program highlights the burden of infected wounds on patients and the healthcare system, explains the significance of antibiotic failure, particularly early in the course of therapy, and describes how DxWound provides a rapid, comprehensive assessment of the wound microbial environment, thus helping clinicians rapidly target antimicrobial therapy.
Objectives: Upon completion of this session participants will be able to:
- Recognize the burden of infected wounds on patients and the healthcare system
- Explain the significance of antibiotic failure, particularly early in the course of therapy
- Describe how DxWound provides a rapid, comprehensive assessment of the wound microbial environment
- Discuss how DxWound may help clinicians rapidly target antimicrobial therapy
Pharm.D., BCPS (AQID)
Pharm.D., MS, CSPI
The study is the largest of its kind that examines BCHE genetic variants
SAN DIEGO – Nov. 2, 2017 – A new study explored the variations of the BCHE gene in ethnic groups in the United States. Patients with severe BChE deficiency have an increased risk of prolonged neuromuscular blockade and respiratory depression in response to succinylcholine, a neuromuscular blocking agent commonly used during surgery. A genetic test can predict the likelihood that a patient will have a BChE deficiency based on variations in the BCHE gene. In the study of 13,301 patients, 8 percent were predicted to have moderate BChE deficiency while 0.06 percent were predicted to have severe BChE deficiency. The study was conducted by CogenDx, the genetics brand of Millennium Health, LLC.
As it often the case with disruptive innovations, the pace of technological development may often outstrip the clinician end-users understanding of how to use this type of diagnostic information. For wound clinicians interested in learning how the recent genomic advances may benefit their patients, it is important to understand both the advantages and disadvantages these tests offer. When assessing the microbial jungle of the wound, your best bet is to know your tour guide.
DxWound uses advanced genomic technology to offer a consolidated solution for wound care providers
SAN DIEGO – Oct. 3, 2017 – CogenDx, the genetics brand of Millennium Health, LLC, announced today the launch of its newest test offering, DxWound. The test uses DNA-based technology to provide accurate, sensitive detection of an array of microbes, including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, fungi, plus antibiotic resistance genes. Results from the tests equip clinicians to rapidly and accurately identify potential pathogens causing infections and select antibiotics with greater likelihood for efficacy.
The abstract and poster will be displayed at PAINWeek in Las Vegas from Sept. 5-9 and will be discussed in a presentation on Sept. 8.
SAN DIEGO – Sept. 6, 2017 – A new study examined the frequency of day surgery patients who were treated with multiple injectable opioids, and analyzed the economic burden associated with this treatment practice. The findings reveal that of 63,392 patients, 45 percent were treated with two or more different injectable opioids on the day of surgery. These patients were more likely to be readmitted within 30 days of surgery and had average hospital charges that were higher by $1,458 compared similar patients who weren’t treated in the same manner. The study was conducted by CogenDx, which offers genetic testing to identify how a patients’ genetic profile may impact his or her response to certain medications.
In 2016, researchers overturned the long-standing belief that a person’s microbiome – the sum total of microbes living in and on our bodies – outnumbered human cells 10 to 1.1 Instead, it’s closer to a 1 to 1 ratio, they estimated. While it’s heartening to learn that we’re not outnumbered in our own skin, the tremendous ubiquity of bacteria, both on us and around us, underscores the notion that it’s really a bacterial world and we’re just living in it.