This week, June 4 – 8, is Wound Care Awareness Week. Currently, 6.7 million people in the United States are living with chronic wounds – that means 1 in 4 families has a family member with a chronic wound! Due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care, the vast majority of these people will not receive the treatment they need and deserve. Chronic wounds can lead to amputations, and people living with limb loss are more likely to experience decreased life satisfaction. Annually, chronic, wounds have a $50 billion impact on the healthcare system! These types of wounds are frequently associated with diabetic patients, but many people can experience them, including seniors, veterans, cancer survivors, and patients going through surgery, cardiac treatment or a readmission, or who have already experienced an amputation are all likely to experience a chronic wound.
The best things you can do for people living with a chronic wound are:
- Be aware – know the risks associated with chronic wounds, and if you know someone who is prone to this condition, tell them about the risks too.
- Intervene early – if a patient or loved one has a chronic wound that is not receiving treatment, encourage or refer them to get wound treatment. Proper care of a chronic wound can greatly increase a patient’s quality of life – it might even save their life!
- Seek advanced wound care – chronic wounds can’t be healed the same way a standard wound can. Treatment like what we can offer at Platte Valley’s Advanced Wound Care Center and Hyperbarics is much more effective at clearing up these issues than standard treatment. If you or a loved one has a chronic wound, encourage them to get a referral for advanced treatment.
This week is dedicated to raising awareness of advanced wound care and its benefits for every patient living with chronic, non-healing wounds. Through this effort, we hope to raise awareness of the chronic wound problem and help community physicians identify patients who may benefit from advanced wound care.