Advanced Wound Care Center at Methodist Hospital in Henderson, KY, a member of the Healogics network,
is participating in Healogics’ National Diabetes Campaign from October
29 -November 2. Methodist Hospital offers advanced therapies to patients
suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers. Team members
across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician
offices to provide education on the treatment of potential or existing
chronic wounds for people living with diabetes.
An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States (9.4% of the population)
have diabetes, including 7.2 million who are unaware they are living with
the disease. The percentage of adults with diabetes increases with age,
reaching a high of 25.2% among those aged 65 years or older. In addition
to age, risk factors for diabetes include diet, activity level, obesity
and heredity. High blood sugar levels, poor circulation, immune systems
issues, nerve damage and infection may contribute to a diabetic foot ulcer.
With America’s diabetic population expected to nearly double by 2030,
it is important that people understand the risks and know the facts associated
with diabetic foot ulcers. Approximately 25% of people living with diabetes
will develop a foot ulcer. As many as 40% of people with a healed diabetic
foot ulcer will develop a new ulcer within a year. An estimated 14% to
24% of people with foot ulcers will experience an amputation. An amputation
results in decreased quality of life, increased medical costs and a significantly
higher risk of mortality. The five-year mortality rate following a lower
extremity amputation is 50%.
Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of
limb loss. The Advanced Wound Care Center recommends the following to
help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:
- Stop smoking immediately
- Comprehensive foot examinations each time you visit your healthcare provider
(at least four times a year)
- Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the
- Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of
corns and calluses
- Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)
- Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising
on a regular basis
Proper wound care is imperative to healing diabetic foot ulcers. Methodist
Hospital offers a number of leading-edge treatments including Total Contact
Casting (TCC), Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue
growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more.
Contact the Advanced Wound Healing Center at Methodist Hospital to learn
more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal.
The Center can be reached at 270-631-2399.
About the Advanced Wound Healing Center at Methodist Hospital
The Advanced Wound Healing Center at Methodist Hospital is a member of
the Healogics network of nearly 800 Centers and was recognized nationally
with the Center of Distinction award for clinical excellence in 2016.
In addition to hyperbaric therapy, treatments offered include negative
pressure wound therapy, debridement, application of cellular-based tissue
or skin substitutes to the wound and offloading or total contact casts.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, Healogics is the nation’s largest
provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated
companies manage a network of Wound Care Centers® throughout the United
States and the United Kingdom. Healogics technology-enabled wound care
model supports the critical connection between patients with chronic wounds
and multi-disciplinary teams for continuous, collaborative, patient-centered
care. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.