Laura Teague

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BACKGROUND Sternal wound infections are a serious complication arising from cardiac surgery. Recently, the general application of negative pressure to wounds by vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy has shown enhanced granulation and wound contraction. Here we examine the effect of VAC on sternal wounds. METHODS We collected and statistically analyzed(More)
The influence of caffeine on cytotoxicity and postreplication repair of DNA was examined following exposure of several cell types to physical and chemical agents known to damage DNA. The cell types used in this study were normal human fibroblasts (HS-WP), human xeroderma pigmentosum fibroblasts (SGL), Chinese hamster V79 cells, mouse BALB/c-3T3 cells, and(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing non traumatic lower extremity amputations ≤65 years to identify the specific needs of these younger patients. A retrospective study was conducted to determine the demographics, comorbidity and mortality with below-knee amputations and above-knee amputations from 1998 to(More)
BACKGROUND Patients who undergo prolonged surgical procedures are at risk of developing pressure ulcers. Recent systematic reviews suggest that pressure redistribution overlays on operating tables significantly decrease the associated risk. Little is known about the cost effectiveness of using these overlays in a prevention program for surgical patients. (More)
As clinicians practicing wound management in all three sectors of the healthcare system, the authors have articulated specific issues relating to wound management. There is a lack of awareness of the extent of the problem. Best practice guidelines have been developed, however, their adoption and transfer into practice have been inconsistent. Basic education(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Every year, approximately 6.2 million hospital admissions through emergency departments (ED) involve elderly patients who are at risk of developing pressure ulcers. We evaluated the cost-effectiveness of pressure-redistribution foam mattresses on ED stretchers and beds for early prevention of pressure ulcers in elderly admitted ED patients.(More)
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