LUMBERTON — An affiliate of Southeastern Health is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds.
Southeastern Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics network, is taking part in the awareness effort during the fifth annual Wound Care Awareness Week, which is being observed locally Monday through Friday. Program directors across the nation, including the center’s Kathy Hansen, will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions.
It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the United States, and the number 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.
“Many people suffer with chronic wounds needlessly because they do not know where to seek treatment,” said Dr. Karl Moo Young, the center’s medical director. “We at Southeastern Wound Healing Center give local residents a resource for their wound care needs.”
One of more than 700 Healogics-managed centers, Southeastern Wound Healing Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.