Celebrate National Wound Care Awareness Week

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

22107_665673116912617_2972017569092151160_nThe first week of June is National Wound Care Awareness Week. (Statistics provided by Healogics®)

Specialized wound care means trained clinical staff use advanced care techniques and technology — over a sustained period — until wounds that would not heal on their own are healed.

  • In 2015, an estimated 6.7 million patients are suffering from non-healing advanced wounds. This number is expected to grow 2 percent per year over the decade.
  • 30 percent of untreated wounds result in Patients with an amputation have a 50 percent mortality rate within five years.
  • Each year 2.5 million patients aged 75+ acquire a pressure ulcer (13.2 percent of the relevant population).
  • There are approximately 29,100,000 diabetic patients in the U.S. (9.5 percent of the population), who experience approximately9 million diabetic foot ulcers each year.

If you have a patient with a wound that has not begun to heal within four weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks, they may benefit from the proven, best-practice methodologies at the Advanced Wound Care Center at Sutter Delta.

Indications for wound therapy include diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, traumatic wounds, surgical wounds and other chronic, non-healing wounds.

Up to 18 percent of wound care patients may require the hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments provided by our center’s physicians, who are trained in hyperbaric medicine, and our highly trained clinical hyperbaric technician and staff.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps the body’s oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanisms to function more efficiently.

Enclosed in a chamber at greater-than- normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe pure oxygen, saturating their blood plasma and allowing it to carry 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues.

Click here to learn more about Sutter Delta’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center.

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