Wound Care Awareness Week is June 6-10
TROY – The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at Upper Valley Medical Center is helping to raise awareness of chronic wounds during the third annual Wound Care Awareness Week June 6-10.
Gena Cornett, program director at UVMC’s wound center, will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions.
Opened last August, the Wound Care Center at UVMC offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer wound care services locally,” said Dan Bailey, DPM, UVMC Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Since the opening of the center last summer, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”
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. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
Often associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and ultimately can lead to amputations. When such wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for effective healing. The Wound Care Center offers leading-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics.
“We follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize leading approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care,” said Gena Cornett, BSN, MBA, program director of the Wound Care Center at UVMC. “Our treatment practices and protocols are designed to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal.”
“The center uses an interdisciplinary model of care” said Cornett. “This includes infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education, radiology testing, and debridement to address total patient health.”
The Wound Care Center is made up of a team of professionals including physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy; nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds; technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies; and experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing.
The services are designed to complement a primary physician’s care. Patients are frequently referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Based on an extensive evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. UVMC offers these specialized services through a partnership with Healogics, the world’s largest wound care management company.
The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at UVMC is located in the UVMC Physician Office Building adjacent to the hospital. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call (937) 440-7888.
Visit www.woundcareawarenessweek.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life.