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Wound Care Awareness Week: What is the Chronic Wound Epidemic?

June 3, 2019

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Millions of people throughout the United States are suffering every day from an epidemic that’s only expected to grow over the next decade. This problem drastically affects people by diminishing their overall quality of life and potentially decreasing life expectancy if left untreated. Not only is this condition painful, dangerous and scary, but it is also estimated to cost the healthcare industry over $50 billion a year. We are talking about chronic wounds. 

Every year, these non-healing wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is expected to rise at a rate of two percent annually over the next decade. An aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and vascular disease contribute to the chronic wound epidemic. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb. Approximately 30 percent of untreated chronic wounds result in amputation, and five-years post-amputation the mortality rate is 50 percent.  

Fortunately, there is hope for people who suffer from chronic wounds. Every team member within the Healogics network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers® dedicates themselves every day to healing and caring for people with hard-to-heal wounds. The expertise of our Wound Care Center’s specially trained wound care physicians allows our Center to treat a variety of chronic wounds.

Wound Care Awareness Week, June 3-7, is an opportunity for us to educate patients, caregivers and physicians about chronic wounds and advanced wound care treatment options. Join us in our mission to raise awareness of the chronic wound epidemic and the benefits of advanced wound care. If you or a loved one is experiencing a chronic non-healing wound, we would love for you to find the relief you deserve.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Wound Healing Center at 55 Central Iowa Drive Marshalltown, IA 50158 or call (641) 754-8025.

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