The findings from over 1200 patients scanned are the most comprehensive real-world evidence that this early detection technology enables nurses to prevent bedsores before they break through the skin, a conclusion that upends the prevailing view that bedsores cannot be diagnosed and treated until they have caused visible and irreversible damage to the skin’s surface.
Bruin Biometrics LLC, a pioneer in biometric-sensor based medical devices, is committed to the development of point-of-care diagnostic solutions for early detection and monitoring of chronic, preventable conditions. The company’s first product is the SEM Scanner, a hand-held non-invasive device that assesses sub-epidermal moisture, a biomarker which has been found to detect early-stage pressure ulcers as much as 10 days earlier than visual observation. Pressure ulcers affect approximately 25% of acute care hospital and long-term care patients – typically the elderly and immobile. SEM Scanner is CE Mark approved and is currently in full commercial launch in the EU and Canada . SEM Scanner is not currently for sale in the United States .
Bedsores commonly lead to infection and death. In fact, bedsores kill more people annually than any form of cancer except lung cancer. There are nearly 500,000 bedsore cases annually in the UK.
"These data challenge existing practice that looks for visual changes to skin to initiate bedsore intervention," BBI CEO Martin Burns said. "Scientific findings show that by the time damage is visible, it is far too late. Early detection changed the prognosis for millions of cancer survivors. A proactive approach to ‘Act Before Red’ is consistently doing the same for bedsores, on a large scale, across independent sites."
MANCHESTER, England and LOS ANGELES , Dec. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Using technology adapted from NASA’s Mars lander as part of a large-scale bedsore reduction program, over half of the 13 participating hospitals were able to eliminate the occurrence of new bedsores completely; an additional 3 hospitals achieved reductions ranging from 11% to 90%.
The many properties of cannabis make cannabis-based creams and ointments highly beneficial to the skin. Cannabinoids are not soluble in water, but in turn they dissolve well in fat and organic solvents and are thus more readily absorbable by the skin than any other substance.
Alongside pain relief, one of the most popular uses is the treatment of skin diseases such as psoriasis. According to several studies, the use of cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, CBG and CBN can reduce epidermal proliferation of keratinocytes, one of the symptoms of psoriasis.
However, many experts recommend cannabis creams for the treatment of diseases affecting parts of the body other than the skin, with arthritis sufferers emerging as those who can benefit most from the treatment. According to a 2016 study conducted in rats, topical application of CBD relieves arthritis swelling and pain without producing side effects.
Cannabis creams are also a good remedy against skin itching, even when not associated with a skin disease. As demonstrated in a study by the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami, the use of cannabinoids – THC in this particular case -, reduced itching in patients with cholestatic hepatic disease, also known as primary biliary cirrhosis.
A study carried out by Canadian researchers and published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management early last year showed that topical cannabis could help in the treatment of wounds in cancer patients. The study presented the case of a 44-year-old man that had developed a wound on his cheek following oral cancer diagnosis and that had resorted to medical cannabis after trying all sorts of ineffective conventional treatments. Initially, he used a vaporiser to reduce the pain, but the relieve was so significant that he started to apply topical oil directly on the wound.
All this evidence has survived to this day, showing the powerful pain killing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect of topical cannabis, which also speeds up skin healing and renewal thanks to its hydrating properties.
While all forms of cannabis have beneficial effects, most experts recommend topical cannabis as the most beneficial form: side-effect free and non-invasive, it can be self-administered without professional assistance providing virtually immediate pain relief.