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Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Advanced Wound Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds during the sixth annual Wound Care Awareness Week, being held from June 3 to June 7.
Wound Care Awareness was established by Healogics in 2014 to bring attention to the chronic wound epidemic and the 6.7 million Americans who are currently living with non-healing wounds. Program Directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions available. Conemaugh Memorial offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.
While there are already millions of people living with chronic wounds, 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. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. Even more alarmingly, 50 percent of people die within five years of amputation.
“We offer a wide range of services for our wound patients including treatment for lymphedema, all types of chronic non-healing wounds (including diabetic, venous, surgical and traumatic to name a few), home health coordination, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy,” said Tim Miller, Program Director at Conemaugh’s Advanced Wound Center. “Patients benefit from wound treatment by having wounds heal, reducing complications, and reducing risk of additional complications from medical problems. We partner with our patients to work toward their goals and help increase their quality of life.”
To support this underserved and growing population of people living with chronic wounds, Conemaugh Memorial, in partnership with Healogics, offers an evidence-based, systematic approach to advanced wound care. A patient’s individualized treatment plan may include specialized wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, advanced cellular products and topical growth factors, edema management and/or non-invasive vascular assessment. These treatments are the result of a team approach between the Center’s physicians, nurses and the referring physician. A treatment plan is developed and scheduled based on the patient’s needs. Once treatment is complete, the patient will return to their primary physician to continue routine care.
People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to Conemaugh’s Wound Center. Visit www.woundcareawarenessweek.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life. Appointments may be made by calling 814.534.6840.