Currently, 6.7 million people in the United States are living with chronic wounds. Due to lack of awareness of advanced wound care, the vast majority of these people do not receive the treatment they need and deserve.
Who May Be Affected?While anyone may be affected, the following groups are particularly susceptible to non-healing wounds. These patients and their caregivers should be on the lookout for wounds that do not heal on their own and should seek treatment right away:
- People with diabetes
- Those with a personal history of heart or vascular disease
- People who have had amputations
- Cancer survivors, especially those who have had radiation therapy
- Those who are obese or overweight
- Patients who have been readmitted to the hospital
- Surgical patients
The most common types of wounds are:
- Pressure ulcers (bed sores) – 43%
- Diabetic foot ulcers – 31%
- Wounds caused by venous stasis (poor blood flow) – 12%
- Wounds caused by surgery or trauma – 8%
- Arterial or ischemic ulcers (caused by blocked arteries) – 6%
Wound Care Awareness Week Highlights Healing Options
Wound Care Awareness Week, established by Healogics®, is dedicated to raising awareness of advanced wound care and its benefits to every patient living with chronic non-healing wounds. This year, Wound Care Awareness Week is celebrated June 3-7, 2019.
Specialized Centers Address Root Causes for Better Outcomes
MidMichigan’s specialized Wound Treatment Centers in Alma, Clare, Midland and West Branch have a median time to heal of 28 days and 94 percent patient satisfaction. These outcomes places us among the top 21 percent of nearly 800 Healogics centers nationwide. Healogics is the nation’s leading wound care management company.
Our Wound Treatment Centers have better outcomes because we bring many disciplines together to not only treat your wound, but also address underlying barriers to healing, such as infection, poor circulation, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, nutrition and more. We also offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which has proven effective in reducing swelling, fighting infection, and building new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue.
Take Action. Seek Specialized Treatment.
If you or someone you love is living with a non-healing wound, don’t wait – seek specialized treatment. Call the Wound Treatment Centers at MidMichigan Health toll free at (877) 683-0800 or visit www.midmichigan.org/woundcenter.