This week, June 5-9, the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is asking the public to help bring awareness to an important issue – Chronic Wounds. The longer a wound exists the greater the complications increasing the chances of having an amputation.
Wound Care Awareness Week, June 5-9, is dedicated to raising awareness of advanced wound care and its benefits to every patient living with chronic non-healing wounds. Through this effort, awareness will be raised of the chronic wound problem and help community physicians identify patients who may benefit from advanced wound care.
NRMC’s Comprehensive Wound Care Center opened in April 2015 as part of a $3 million renovation and expansion project. The Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments.
Currently, 6.7 million people in the United States are living with chronic wounds. Due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care, the vast majority of these people do not receive the treatment they need and deserve.
Here are some facts:
4 – 10 percent of people with diabetes have a wound right now
Every 7 seconds someone dies from diabetes
Every 20 seconds someone is amputate
More than half of all foot ulcers (wounds) will become infected, requiring hospitalization and 20 percent of infections result in amputation
After a major amputation, 50 percent of people will have their other limb amputated within 2 years.
The relative 5 year mortality rate after limb amputation is 68 percent. When compared to cancer – it’s second only to lung cancer (86 percent)
Who May Benefit From Specialized Care? Anyone who has a wound that has not begun to heal in two weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks. Some of the indications for wound therapy include:
Diabetic ulcers, Neuropathic ulcers, Ischemic ulcers, Venous insufficiency, Radiation burns, Radiation cystitis, Failing flaps or grafts, Surgical wounds, Vasculitis, Burns, Peristomal skin irritations, Osteoradionecrosis, Pressure ulcers and other chronic/non-healing wounds.
NRMC’s Comprehensive Wound Center has physicians with advanced training in wound care management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. These physicians work closely with patients’ primary care physicians. The team also includes highly trained nurses who are experienced in caring for patients with problem wounds.
Help the NRMC save limbs and lives. If you know someone with a wound/ulcer, call (318) 214-4200 to schedule an appointment with the wound care clinic to seek specialized care.