Do you know how to tell the difference between "just a scratch" and a serious wound that requires medical attention? If you think you do, consider the fact that 6.7 million people in the United States live with chronic wounds and don't receive the treatment they need.
June 6–10, 2016 is Wound Care Awareness week, which is designed to promote awareness of the chronic wound epidemic and the benefits of advanced wound care, especially to those living with chronic, non-healing wounds.
The U.S. population is increasingly affected by diseases and conditions like diabetes, obesity and late effects of radiation therapy, which can cause chronic wounds. Untreated chronic wounds can lessen quality of life, and in 30 percent of cases, cause amputation of the affected limb. Common chronic wounds include pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, surgical/trauma wounds and arterial ulcers.
Diet can also affect healing. The right food choices can help increase energy and provide the vitamins, minerals and proteins needed to promote healing. If you're suffering from a chronic wound, be sure to eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated and, for those with diabetes, control blood sugar levels.
Specialized wound care offers advanced techniques and technology administered by expert clinical staff over a sustained period of time until the wound, which would not have healed otherwise, heals.
Reach out to the Goshen Health Wound Care Center to learn more about advanced wound care.