Medical Center Barbour is celebrating Wound Care Awareness Month this June. The nation's leading provider of advanced wound care, Healogics, established Wound Care Awareness Month in 2014 to bring attention to the growing need for wound care and nearly 7 million Americans currently living with chronic wounds. The rapid development of chronic wounds is rising due to our aging population and growing rates of disease. Multiple diseases like diabetes, peripheral artery disease (PAD), cardiovascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increase the probability of a person having or developing a chronic wound. You can help raise awareness about the importance of wound care with us by sharing the following facts with your friends and family, and by making an appointment with your doctor if you are experiencing any chronic, non-healing wounds. Your doctor can make an appointment with our MCB Wound Care Clinic to help you on the road to healing and back to living your best life! Facts About Chronic Wounds:
1 in 4 families has a family member with a chronic wound. The impact on people and their loved ones is far-reaching, as a wound left untreated can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly lead to the amputation of the affected limb.
Roughly 30 percent of untreated chronic wounds result in amputation; five years post-amputation, the mortality rate is approximately 75 percent.
The most common types of chronic wounds are diabetic foot ulcers, arterial or ischemic ulcers, venous or stasis ulcers, and pressure ulcers.
Up to 25% of people living with diabetes will experience a foot ulcer.
85% of diabetes-related amputations started with a foot ulcer.
Over 800,000 Americans currently have a venous ulcer right now.
Remember, if you are suffering from a chronic, non-healing wound, MCB is here to help you heal! Our MCB Wound Care Clinic specializes in advanced wound care using a variety of clinical treatments, therapies, and support services to treat chronic wounds. Kevin Shiver, our Wound Care Nurse Practitioner, provides top-notch wound care while working closely with our Medical Director, the esteemed Dr. Wesley Marner. The MCB Wound Care Clinic is located inside the hospital at 820 West Washington Street, Eufaula, AL 36027. Call the MCB Wound Care Clinic today for more information at 334-688-7460!