April 28, 2014 - Memorial Health System Offers Tips for People with Diabetes to Take a Step in the Right Direction

An average of 180 amputations a day are performed in the United States. 
As many as six million diabetics will have a foot ulcer that may result in chronic non-healing wounds and in extreme cases, lead to amputation. Tragically, those cases are hardly isolated: on average a staggering 180 amputations a day are performed in the United States on patients with diabetes.

“Most people with diabetes know the importance of checking blood sugar levels while the importance of daily foot exams is underemphasized, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that comprehensive foot care programs can reduce diabetes-related amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent,” says Katherine J. Rowland, Chief Clinical Officer for Healogics™, a network comprised of academic medical centers, hospitals and professionals committed to advancing wound healing by creating, sharing, and activating wound prevention and care expertise.

The Memorial Health System Wound Care Center, a member of the Healogics network, recommends these foot care tips:

For more information about diabetes management and treating and preventing chronic wounds, contact the Memorial Health System Wound Care Center located at 401 Matthew Street, Marietta, OH and 805 Farson Street, Belpre, OH or call 740.374.1623 (Marietta) and 740.423.3208 (Belpre).
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