It’s time to get help for your non-healing wound

If you’re living with a chronic, non-healing  wound, you’re not alone and you don’t have to suffer in silence.

That’s the message the St. Elizabeth Wound Care Center wants people to remember this week, which is Wound Care Awareness Week across the country.

“We have many patients who are dealing with non-healing wounds or traumatic wounds that show no significant signs of healing,” said Dr. Roger Teller, Medical Director of the Patrick T. Birrer Wound Care Centers, “and they’re struggling, but we want them to know they’re not forgotten. We want them to receive the best quality of care.”

St. Elizabeth offers advanced therapies for patients suffering from chronic wounds, including non-healing or traumatic wounds caused by  diabetes, pressure ulcers, circulatory problems or other injuries.

“We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Director for Healogics. “We work to educate community physicians about which of their patients can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to heal that patient’s wounds.”

The Patrick T. Birrer Wound Care Centers at St. Elizabeth are part of the  Healogics network and have been recognized as a Healogics Center of Distinction, Healogics Center of the Year and Healogics Center of Excellence.

It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.

During Wound Care Awareness Week, take some time to learn more about non-healing wounds and advanced wound care solutions, like those available at St. Elizabeth. If you have a wound that is not healing, it may be time to visit a Patrick T. Birrer Wound Care Center. Click here to learn more.