The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is helping raise awareness of the risks of chronic wounds during the 8th annual Wound Care Awareness Week, June 7 – 11. The week is dedicated to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions that are available.
Program Director Nikki Johnston shares, “We want people in Northwest Oklahoma to know they can receive advanced therapies if they are suffering from chronic wounds that have not improved with traditional treatment methods.”
The incidence of chronic wounds is rising due to our aging population and increasing rates of diseases. A person with a wound has an average of three to four chronic conditions like diabetes, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 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.
To support this underserved and growing population of people living with chronic wounds, St. Mary’s Wound Care, 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 and 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.