About Dr. Fife
Dr. Fife is a world-renowned wound care physician. She is the Director of the Wound Care Center at CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, CMO of Intellicure, Inc., Exec. Director of the US Wound Registry & Editor of Today’s Wound Clinic.
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Wounds are a SYMPTOM. Our job is to figure out what they are a symptom OF.
I think these days I collect more pictures of used dressings than of wounds, and I’m trying to figure out better ways to use this information in patient care.
Why is it so hard to do the right thing about nutrition?
The problems I treat are all SYMPTOMS of disease.
I was a caregiver instead of a doctor this past weekend, and noticed all the small frustrations of being a patient.
Join us Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM EST for the second installment of Virtual Wound Rounds.
Still trying to decide whether to get vaccinated against COVID-19? If you think you have brain fog and fatigue NOW…
If you live in Montgomery County, Texas and you are 16 years of age or older – you can get vaccinated at the Woodforest Bank Stadium.
There seems to be an increasing interest in the topic of Vitamin D, so I’m reposting some past entries.
I’ve been fighting the COVID-19 blues, and I need to maintain perspective.
The author of “COVID Diaries” reflects on the one year anniversary of the pandemic at her institution. All I can say is, wow — you need to read this. Giants walk among us, but some of them are disguised as ordinary people.
At some point, the mental illness impact will be worse than the impact of COVID. I don’t know when we will get to that tipping point, but I suspect we will get there soon.
Check out this excellent review article on the “Physiologic and biochemical rationale for treating COVID-19 patients with hyperbaric oxygen,” by the Research Committee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and published in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (UHM) VOL. 48 NO. 1.
Do we really think that the pad in the photo could prevent an ischemic injury that originates several centimeters away?
Over the years, I have created a few videos on my YouTube channel from serial photographs to show how Deep tissue injuries (DTI) and stage 4 pressure ulcers form from the inside out – at least, that’s what it looks like in these photos – although I can’t prove it. Watch them and see what you think.
Check out the Youtube video I made of Venous Occlusion of a toe. I ask you, doesn’t this toe have the same appearance as a DTI or unstageable pressure ulcer?
It’s finally out! The follow-up to the paper published previously about the angiosome theory of pressure injury! Pass this around freely because it was published Open Source.
The Perfect Presentation to an Administrative Law Judge about Medicare Denials for Radiation Injury to the Bladder
You will want to read this – Dick Clark’s presentation to an Administrative Law judge about a Medicare denial for late effects of radiation to the bladder.
My thanks to the many of you who have sent messages of support and sympathy. It will take time for operations, much less life, to return to COVID-19 normal. This is an opportunity for us to get to know our neighbors and help each other, and there are always blessings that come from that.
For every deteriorating patient who declines the option of HBOT, there are two willing to try it.
Here’s another installment from the intrepid critical care/hyperbaric physician who started “COVID Diaries.” Now she is telling the evolving story of treating COVID patients with HBOT.
We are down to steroids, aspirin and anticoagulation. We might as well be practicing critical care in the 1950’s.
What we need with COVID is a way to deliver enough oxygen to avoid intubation. It’s possible we found that with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
The COVID-19 Diaries make their long-awaited return.
The reason that infection is spreading is that no one has an immunity to these new strains. It’s the reason measles devastated the Native American population when they were first exposed to travelers from the Old World. Immunity is our only hope.
Noridian Releases Draft Wound Care LCD and Policy Article: WPS Revises Version of its Wound Care LCD
Even if your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) is NOT Noridian or WPS, believe me you want to pay attention to their wound care or dressing policies because the MACs tend to collaborate (even unofficially) on these policies.
I keep telling myself that we always have more courage and resilience than we give ourselves credit for, and that you don’t know what you are capable of doing until you are tested. This is the test.