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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It’s time for Wound Care physicians and providers to stand up for truly honest outcomes and transparent quality reporting. If we don’t we may see our entire profession wiped out. Click here to read more.
It passed! Thank you to all of you who engaged on this issue. Let’s hope this is a small step forward for the field of hyperbaric medicine and a big step forward for our veterans. --Caroline HOUSE PASSES HOEVEN-COSPONSORED LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE VA MENTAL HEALTH,...
Time is running out on these bills and veterans deserve HBOT today, not months or years from now.
Wound Clinic Leaders: Please Take This Survey The US Wound Registry is focused on improving the quality of care and outcomes of patients with chronic wounds and ulcers. As a CMS-recognized Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR), we are trying to understand real-world...
We need a reality check on honest healing rates so that more realistic clinical trials can be designed. If you treat SEVERE DFUs, you know what I am talking about.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has issued a report estimating that the Medicare Trust Fund will become insolvent in 2024, two years sooner than the previous estimate, because of the pandemic.
Novitas and First Coast have retired their Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
Dr. Marissa Carter has posted a new blog about the latest COVID-19 news, including a vaccine update.
I’ve talked about my inspirational patient, Morgan McCoy, who is my antidote to the COVID Blues. Morgan, her parents, her orthopedic surgeon (Dr. Kyle Dickson) and I recently participated in Virtual Wound Rounds with Frank Aviles. If you are involved in wound management at any level, you will enjoy this! It’s fun, inspiring and informative. Thank you Frank and HMP!
As I’ve discussed before, I actually stopped performing prospective trials in wound care because the trials were not “generalizable,” meaning, the patients enrolled in studies to evaluate wound healing modalities bear no resemblance to the patients we see. I talked...
Not only does the media decide what we WILL worry about (creating crises that do not exist) they also determine whether we even hear about REAL crises.
I could fill a book with examples of the way lymphedema therapists trained the wound center physicians. However, I think you should hear the story from one of them, my friend and colleague, Missy Baylor.
If you missed the live stream Webinar on the use of HBOT for COVID-19, you can watch the recorded session and receive CME credit. See the information from the UHMS.
Seeing the images of the lymphatics at work was like Columbus discovering the New World.
Morgan helps me put the temporary challenges of the pandemic into perspective. I think her story will inspire you, too.
The theme of the August issue of Today's Wound Clinic is “Multidisciplinary Care.” I decided to interview my amazing staff (pictured holding the hospital award for the clinic coming back the strongest since the pandemic, from left to right: Tara Stone, Debi Thompson,...
I am still exploring the use of transdermal oxygen for certain types of ischemic ulcers. The foot injury depicted in these photos occurred when a training weight fell on a professional athlete’s foot and avulsed the distal ends of the left great, second and third...
Last week, the Senate passed a bill that expands Veteran’s Administration (VA) research into Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). The bill requires the VA to study and report on the effectiveness of HBOT in partnership with private organizations. Since oxygen is not made...
The Development of the Wound Quality of Life Questionnaire – and Why QOL is a Failure as a Surrogate of Wound Outcome
Check out this article I wrote on the development of a wound-specific Quality of Life Questionnaire – and why it failed as a surrogate for wound outcome – posted on the eKare website.
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM) have endorsed an updated position statement on the use of HBO2 for COVID-19 pneumonia.
The small size of the study means that the results have to be interpreted with caution, but it shows that HBOT is safe for COVID-19 patients and suggests that a large, prospective trial is needed to assess its possible benefit.
Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are resuming post-payment reviews of items/services provided before March 1, 2020. The Targeted Probe and Educate program (intensive education to assess provider compliance through up to three rounds of review) will restart later.
The Mysterious Case of the Ischemic Achilles There’s a case report published online in “Vascular Disease Management” that is worth some conversation. The patient underwent a dermatological procedure on the back of the left calf that involved cryotherapy. About two...
Check out this Associated Press article by Robin McDowell and Margie Mason on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for COVID-19.
It’s going to be the end of 2020 before we have some preliminary reports of phase 3 trials. However, so far, the results are encouraging.
Check out this photo of the small but mighty women of my Wound Clinic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic grips Texas and my city, and as I look to a future that may be lived in the shadow of COVID-19 for years to come, my mindset — NO FEAR. BE COURAGEOUS.
The UHMS Research Committee has completed their “Rationale, Study Design Considerations, and Protocol Recommendations for Treating Covid-19 Patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen” report.