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Know the Facts on Wound Care Awareness

Harrington is celebrating Wound Care Awareness Week from June 1-7, 2015 by bringing more attention to the estimated 6.7 million people suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds.

Wound Care Therapy is a specialty program designed to treat these wounds. They originate from a variety of reasons, whether diabetes, pressure ulcers, radiation damage, or another source of trauma, illness, or disease.

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 50 million inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures performed in the United States — that’s more than 100 million surgeries per year. The need for post-surgical wound care is sharply on the rise.

The Wound Care Center at Harrington, located in Charlton, offers advanced and specialized treatment programs for these types of wounds, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The statistics on wound care are more staggering than people realize. Someone who has developed a diabetic foot ulcer, for example, may find the only treatment is amputation. However, diabetic patients with an amputation have a 68% mortality rate within five years if the wound does not heal and is not treated (Healogics).  That is a higher mortality rate than many cancers!

If you have had a wound on your foot or another part of your body for more than a few weeks, or suspect you might have a different type of wound that isn’t healing, you need to see a specialist. Visiting a Wound Care Center like Harrington’s can offer proper treatment and avoid excessive consequences.

For more information on Wound Care Awareness, visit www.harringtonhospital.org or www.healogics.com.

  • Douglas Brown

    These are great tips for how to watch out for wounds that are not healing properly. My wife and I had a scare like this not long ago, but it turned out to be nothing serious. However, we did still go see a specialist to make sure that there was no problem, per your suggestion.

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