The Wound Care Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The second annual Wound Care Awareness Week, sponsored by Healogics, is being held from June 1 to June 5. One of nearly 800 Healogics managed centers; Marietta Memorial offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify patients that may benefit from advanced wound care.
It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
“Many patients live with chronic wounds for months or even years. Because of the lack of awareness of advanced wound care, physicians do not always know when it is appropriate to refer these patients to a Wound Care Center for treatment,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Director for Healogics, Inc. Covington goes on to say, “Advanced wound care, as part of a comprehensive care plan can help heal patients faster than traditional methods. It is our mission to raise awareness of the chronic wound problem as well as the benefits of advanced wound care in the communities we serve.”
People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to Marietta Memorial Wound Care Center. To learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week, visit woundcareawareness.com. To schedule an appointment, please call (740)374-1623 or visit mhsystem.org.
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