Wound Care Awareness Week
Wound Care Awareness Week is dedicated to raising awareness of advanced wound care and its benefits. The need for greater awareness is increasing because chronic wounds, which already affect millions of people in the U.S., are on the rise. This is due to an aging population and growing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
Wound Healing Centers
Fortunately, there are wound healing centers that are committed to providing those who have chronic wounds with comprehensive care. These teams at wound healing centers understand the discomfort and inconvenience chronic wounds cause every day. They are committed to providing the treatment needed in a professional and caring manner. Typically there is a variety of specialists in house and other specialists are called in as necessary.
When to Visit Wound Healing Team
A wide variety of wounds may impact a patient's life and may require specialized care by a wound care team.
- Persons with non-healing wounds of more than six weeks' duration
- Persons with wounds that recur after healing
- Persons with diabetic foot and ankle wounds
- Persons with venous stasis ulcers
- Persons with ischemic ulcers
- Persons with stage II or higher pressure ulcers
- Persons with wounds where an unusual cause is suspected (e.g. sickle cell, rheumatoid arthritis, herpes, etc.)
Advanced Wound Care Benefits and Process
Proper wound care management helps to improve patient mobility, quality of life and patient well-being. At the first meeting, a wound care nurse will gather detailed information about the history of a patient's wound and their current health. Providers and staff on the team will then strive to help heal the wound, repair any damage, and, above all, reduce the potential of recurrence. Regular visits and in-depth education during this process has been shown to create better patient outcomes.
To learn more about scheduling a consultation with a wound care specialist visit, select the location closest to you.