The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Erie County Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds during the seventh annual Wound Care Awareness Week, being held from June 1-5.
Wound Care Awareness was established by Healogics in 2014 to bring attention to the chronic wound epidemic and the 6.7 million Americans who are currently living with non-healing wounds. Program directors across the nation are dedicating the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions available. ECMC offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.
A press release said, “While there are already millions of people living with chronic wounds, the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. A person with a wound has an average of three to four chronic conditions like diabetes, PAD, cardiovascular disease and COPD. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. Even more alarmingly, 50% of people die within five years of amputation.”
Jeffrey Jordan, M.D., surgeon and director of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC, said, “With Western New York’s higher-than-average rate of diabetes, and as the region’s trauma center, the wound care services we offer literally save ‘life and limb.’ As diabetics and trauma patients with wounds are treated in our center, their wounds heal faster and more effectively, short- and long-term treatment costs are reduced, complications are limited or avoided, and patients live healthier lives.”
To support this underserved and growing population of people living with chronic wounds, ECMC’s Center for Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Medicine, in partnership with Healogics, offers an evidence-based, systematic approach to advanced wound care. A patient’s individualized treatment plan may include specialized wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, advanced cellular products and topical growth factors, edema management and/or non-invasive vascular assessment. These treatments are the result of a team approach between the center’s physicians, nurses and the referring physician. A treatment plan is developed and scheduled based on the patient’s needs. Once treatment is complete, the patient will return to their primary physician to continue routine care.
People with wounds who have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to the Center for Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC. Visit www.woundcareawarenessweek.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week or to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life. To schedule an appointment, call 716-898-4800 or visit http://www.ecmc.edu/health-services-and-doctors/outpatient-specialty-clinics/wound-care-and-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-clinic/.