New study finds 78% drop in joint infections
The new study has found a 78% fall in joint infection when AQUACEL® Ag SURGICAL cover dressing was used, the news reports said.
The results of the study were presented at ConvaTec-sponsored webcast on the global impact of deadly wound infections and the need to lessen the risk to patients last week in Washington, DC.
Even though a joint replacement surgery has become a very common place, the incidence of postoperative infection, known as periprosthetic joint infections has disturbed doctors and patients. This has resulted in longer hospital stays and higher costs.
The study also found that the infection rate for total joint replacement patient dipped to 0.4% when AQUACEL® Ag surgical cover dressing was used compared to 1.8% when gauze dressing was used.
The study also said that approximately 600,000 total knee replacement surgeries are done in the U.S. each year for a cost of around $15,000 per procedure. The study also states that the volume of total knee replacements increased over the past 20 years. Also, the number of hospital re-admission rates and infection complications also surged.
These infections post hip and knee surgery can be expensive to the patient, hospital and the payor system. Meanwhile, the rise in expenses related with infections relating to knee or hip surgery can cost $68,000. The post operative hospital stay is lengthened by 7 to 10 days with additional surgeries required.
Peter F. Sharkey, MD, Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Jefferson Medical College, Rothman Institute, author of the data said, “Joint infection following knee or hip replacement is one of the most challenging complications we manage, not only increasing healthcare costs, but causing additional trauma and emotional challenges. Aquacel® Ag SURGICAL cover dressing plays an important role in reducing these risks."
Aquacel® Ag SURGICAL covers dressing combine a unique Hydrofiber® Technology with skin friendly hydrocolloid technology. This is supported by evidence that shows major reductions in the incidence of superficial surgical site infection, skin blistering and delayed discharge compared to Mepore dressing covering AQUACEL dressing.
Vuram launches automated app to track COVID-19 supplies
A new app that tracks COVID-19 supplies in real time time has launched.
Built by hyper-automation services company Vuram, Trackable can monitor the progress of vaccines, oxygen cylinders, PPE, and masks as they move through the supply chain.
The app's features include street view to facilitate coordination between drivers, and trained facial recognition software powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure goods are only handled by authorised personnel.
Other functions include:
* Demand management for inventories, to prioritise deliveries using automation
* Demand analysis to predict sales trends based on stock levels
* Offline multilingual feature for drivers
* A dashboard to see the status and location of drivers
* Insights on how products are performing in real-time
The team at Vuram built Trackable as part of the Appian World 2021 Online Hackathon, where participants can take their ideas for innovative software and create a custom app. The tracking app went on to win the contest.
“Custom component building is at the heart of this application, and we focussed on making them more creative to provide an improved user experience" said Santosh Kumar, co-developer of Trackable.
"We are happy that we have managed to make it to the top in just a month. On behalf of Vuram, I thank the Appian Hackathon team for their efforts in conducting the event, and my hearty congratulations to all the winners."