FDA Bans Antimicrobial Soaps – What Does It Mean For You?

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a final ruling last week regarding Consumer Antiseptic (antimicrobial)Washes. As a manufacturer of antiseptic hand and body washes, DermaRite would like to address this ruling and assure you that you can continue to use any of our hand and body washes as usual.

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THE RULING

The FDA presented a Proposed Rule on Consumer Antiseptic (Antimicrobial) Washes in December of 2013. Following several years of research and consultation with manufacturers and industry leaders, the FDA has concluded that “there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. To date, the benefits of using antibacterial hand soap haven’t been proven. In addition, the wide use of these products over a long time has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health.”[1] Read more ›

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Managing Pain with Dressing Changes

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F-Tag 309 is a government regulation that deals with pain stating: “Each resident must receive and the facility must provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care”.  (1) Read more ›

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Nurses Week

Dear Nurses,

I write to you as someone who understands your role, and truly appreciates it. As someone who understands your pain, and truly empathizes with you. As someone who understands how underappreciated you are at times, and truly wants to educate the world to change that. Read more ›

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Impact of Dehydration on Wound Healing

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What is the role of water?
Water plays a vital role in our overall health and may be the most important nutrient of life. Roughly two-thirds of our body is comprised of water. Since the body is not capable of storing water, daily replacement of lost fluids is needed for cellular functions such as delivering nutrients and oxygen to the cells, removing waste products and toxins, lubricating joints, protecting the central nervous system, retaining acid base balance and maintaining adequate tissue temperature. (3) Sufficient oral intake of water is vital to these functions.   Read more ›

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DermaRite Releases New Interactive Catalog App

DermaRite Releases New Interactive Catalog App Designed To Help Caregivers Navigate The Ever-Expanding Wound Dressing Landscape

March 2, 2016 – DermaRite recently released its Interactive Wound Dressing Selection Guide, a unique interactive catalog app that allows users to input a series of wound characteristics that generates a list of DermaRite dressings appropriate for that presentation. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android, the guide is great for on-the-job reference or simply to learn more about DermaRite’s wound dressings. Read more ›

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DermaRite: Introducing ComfortFoam™ Border Lite Thin Silicone Foam Dressing

January 28, 2016. DermaRite®, manufacturers of cost-effective advanced wound care, skin care and nutritional products for health and senior care facilities, is proud to introduce their ComfortFoam™ Border Lite dressings.

A slimmer, more conformable addition to their best-selling ComfortFoam line of silicone foam dressings, ComfortFoam Border Lite is an absorbent, self-adherent silicone foam island dressing consisting of a soft silicone contact surface, a thin flexible polyurethane foam pad and a vapor-permeable, moisture-proof outer film. ComfortFoam Border Lite’s gentle silicone adhesive sticks to surrounding skin but not to the wound bed, minimizing pain and the risk of damage to the periwound area. Read more ›

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Obesity and Wound Healing

Obesity and wound healing

Obesity is a national health concern impacting over 35% of our adult population above the age of 60.1 Obesity can be directly related to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, but did you know that obesity also affects our ability to heal wounds?3

Several things occur as we gain weight. First, the demands on the circulatory system are stressed due to the increased amount of adipose (fat) tissue. The vascular system becomes overwhelmed and can’t supply the required oxygen and nutrients,   resulting in chronic inflammation.4  Decreased tissue oxygenation also negatively affects the ability of fibroblasts to produce collagen, a vital component for healing and wound tensile strength. 5  Read more ›

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UTI Prevention – Minimizing Antibiotic Overuse

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Recently, the CDC released the Core Elements for Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes to provide guidance to Long Term Care (LTC) facilities related to antibiotic prescribing practices. The CDC guidelines are designed to reduce antibiotic overuse and decrease the alarming rise in antibiotic resistant infections. (2) Antibiotics provide an astonishing value to healthcare, however, over prescribing these drugs threatens the longevity of their effectiveness due to the ability of bacteria to develop defense mechanisms and resistance to antibiotics.  Newly emerging antibiotic therapies are not being developed fast enough to keep up with the growing resistance capabilities of bacteria. (7) Our practices need to change to protect current therapeutic drugs and still meet the healthcare needs of our residents. Read more ›

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Introducing Healing In D.E.P.T.H

DermaRite®, manufacturers of cost-effective advanced wound care, skin care and nutritional products for health and senior-care facilities, is proud to introduce their Healing In D.E.P.T.H. program.

In conjunction with the release of their new line of liquid nutritional products, aimed at supporting patients’ own healing abilities, the Healing In D.E.P.T.H. program was developed to assist caregivers by offering them a clear program of wound prevention and treatment utilizing the many tools and products that are available to them. Read more ›

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DermaRite Moves into New, State-of-the-Art Headquarters

DermaRite Industries, LLC. recently moved into a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and warehousing facility. With over 3.7 million cubic feet of space, the facility is designed to provide customers with more high quality products, faster and more efficiently than ever before. The new set-up allows DermaRite to move more nimbly as it expands into new product lines, and enables them to move more of the packaging in-house, further ensuring the highest level of quality control and oversight. The facility also houses corporate office space and labs for research & development.

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