Wound Care Week held

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Wound Healing Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health and a member of the Healogics network, participated in the second annual Wound Care Awareness Week.

Ssponsored by Healogics, Wound Care Awareness Week was held Monday through Friday of last week. One of nearly 800 Healogics managed centers, Southeastern Wound Healing Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program directors across the nation dedicated the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify patients who may benefit from advanced wound care.

It is 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. Untreated chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.

“Many patients live with chronic wounds for months or even years. Because of the lack of awareness of advanced wound care, physicians do not always know when it is appropriate to refer these patients to a Wound Care Center for treatment,” said D. Scott Covington, chief medical director for Healogics Inc. “Advanced wound care, as part of a comprehensive care plan, can help heal patients faster than traditional methods. It is our mission to raise awareness of the chronic wound problem as well as the benefits of advanced wound care in the communities we serve.”

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to Southeastern Wound Healing Center, which is located at 103 W. 27th St. To schedule an appointment, call 910-738-3836. No referral is required. To learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week, visit woundcareawareness.com.