Wound Healing Center to Raise Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
October 20th, 2015
Weeks Wound Healing Center Joins Healogics to Raise Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
National campaign October 26 –30 in cities nationwide
Lancaster, NH: The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the Healogics National Diabetes Campaign from October 26 to October 30. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed centers, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify diabetic patients with or at risk of having ulcers of the lower extremity.
There are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the United States, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Of those, about 25 percent will develop a diabetic foot ulcer. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss.
“Diabetics represent approximately 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations among people 20 years and older,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, chief medical officer for Healogics. “It is vitally important that people with diabetes, their caregivers and physicians recognize the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when an ulcer does occur.”
The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:
- · Annual foot examinations by a healthcare provider
- · Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection
- · Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses
- · Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)
- · Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis
Contact the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call 603-788-5625 or visit WeeksMedical.org.
About Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Weeks Medical Center
The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical is a comprehensive treatment center providing state-of-the-art care for chronic wounds. With a goal of treating, managing and healing chronic wounds through an integrated treatment approach and expert medical care by its specially trained staff the wound center provides wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Weeks Medical Center assures chronic wound patients living in the North Country and the Northeast Kingdom that they will receive the latest, most effective wound care treatment at the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. A team of wound care specialists, which includes, physicians, providers and nurses provides this treatment close to home in Lancaster.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 800 wound care centers in the nation and saw nearly 300,000 patients in 2014 through a connected network of partner hospitals and wound care centers, academic medical centers, and other post‐acute sites. Healogics utilizes an evidence‐based systematic approach to chronic wound healing to treat an underserved and growing patient population. A fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private investment firm, is the majority shareholder of Healogics. For more information, please visit Healogics.com.