Wound Care Awareness Week, June 6-10, aims to raise awareness of the chronic wound epidemic in the United States. Crozer-Keystone’s two wound centers, located at Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) and Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC), offer advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.
It’s 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 possible amputation of the affected limb.
“Wound care has become more of a specialty over the last five years,” says Bruce Greenfield, D.P.M., medical director of the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at DCMH. “Our goal is to heal and permanently close wounds faster than in a traditional office setting. This is of great benefit to patients, as it results in less chance of infection – especially deep infection – and less chance of costly and lengthy hospitalizations.”
William Mannella, M.D., medical director of the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at CCMC, adds that patients also benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a treatment approach that can substantially increase the level of oxygen in chronic, non-healing wounds.
“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy introduces 100 percent oxygen into the bloodstream, which goes directly to the body’s organs and tissues and stimulates the healing process,” he says. “It is often effective in the treatment of complicated wounds, and is used in conjunction with other advanced wound treatment modalities.”
People with wounds that have not improved with traditional treatment methods may visit crozerkeystone.org/Wound to learn more.