The GM Associates Clinical Studies team includes world-renowned physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physical therapists, and other professionals. We conduct a wide range of trials to demonstrate clinical efficacy and cost benefits, in addition to supporting reimbursement and marketing. The abstracts below represent examples of completed studies.
Outcomes Evaluation Using a Post-Surgical Bra Following
Cardiovascular/Chest Wall Surgery
A clinical case series that reports 15 measurable care and cost outcomes obtained by substituting a post-surgical bra for traditional dressing and drain/tube securement methods for patients in the home care setting was completed. The home health agency achieved a 50% reduction in labor costs, translating to a savings of $15,700.00 by substituting the post-surgical bra.
New Method for Applying Constant Tension Approximation
a Large Wound Deficit
A clinical case study compared a new, untested approach to closing a large wound deficit to a significantly more costly therapy. Clinical outcomes exceeded the more costly previous treatment and a cost savings of over $2,350.00 per month was realize.
A prospective, open label, randomized, controlled case series was conducted to evaluate the impact of an anti-microbial drain sponge dressing upon total bacterial counts at tracheostomy sites versus a control. The results were accepted for presentation at several national educational symposia and published in a peer-reviewed journal, promoting interest in this new product and increasing sales.
Impact of anti-microbial drain sponge dressing on total bacterial
counts at tracheostomy sites
Comparative Study on the Efficacy of PHMB Antimicrobial Dressings Used
in Wounds that Require Packing
A prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial approved by an independent IRB was completed to demonstrate the effect of PHMB antimicrobial gauze on wound bioburden, as compared to plain gauze. The results were accepted for presentation at several national educational symposia and published in a peer-reviewed journal, promoting interest in this new product and increasing sales.
Cost Savings of a Gastrostomy Tube
The cost-savings achieved by using a tube specifically designed for gastrostomies versus six alternatives for stabilizing the traditional Foley catheter were calculated. The findings were published as a journal article and used as a sales and marketing tool.
Controlled Clinical Study on the Efficacy of a Wound Cleanser
A controlled clinical study to determine the efficacy of an anti-bacterial dermal wound cleanser and protective barrier ointment was conducted. Study results were published after presentation at a national symposium.
Treatment Costs Using a Waterproof Plastic Tape
Total treatment costs using a waterproof plastic tape to extend wearing time of a hydrocolloid wafer on pressure ulcers were calculated. When compared with the decreased frequency of dressing changes, considerable cost savings were demonstrated.
3-Year Retrospective Analysis Comparing Effectiveness of Medical to Non-Medical Devices in Treatment of Heel Pressure Ulcers
A study of 100 patients in multiple care settings found that the use of a heel elevator air cushion increased the rate of wound healing and significantly lowered the rate of wound recurrence within 6 months.
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