The seventh annual Wound Care Awareness Week, sponsored by Healogics, takes place June 1 to June 5, 2020. During this time, Healogics team members across the US aim to raise awareness of chronic wounds and advanced wound care.
“Wound Care Awareness is a chance for us to educate patients, caregivers and physicians about chronic wounds and advanced treatment options,” says Allan Woodward, President, Healogics Hospital and Physician Services, in a media release.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, when access to other healthcare services has been limited, a vast majority of Healogics Wound Care Centers remained opened, deemed an essential service. By raising awareness of the impact of chronic wounds, we can help change lives.”
Healogics established Wound Care Awareness in 2014 to bring attention to the chronic wound epidemic and the nearly seven million Americans currently living with non-healing wounds.
The prevalence of chronic wounds is growing in tandem with an aging population and increasing rates of diseases such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, as well as conditions like obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of affected limbs, the release continues.
“Healogics data shows that patients with wounds that do not receive care at a wound center are twenty times more likely to end up in the emergency department or be admitted to the hospital,” states Bridgette McGrath, Healogics Chief Clinical and Operations Officer.
“When you consider 1 in 4 families has a family member with a chronic wound, you recognize the prevalence of people that are suffering with a non-healing wound. Wound Care Awareness is the perfect time to highlight the treatment options available at our Wound Care Centers for patients living with non-healing wounds.”
[Source(s): Healogics, PR Newswire]