LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - On Wednesday, staff from South Central Regional Medical Center and community members were on hand as Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee signed a proclamation recognizing the third annual Wound Care Awareness Week which is held from June 13 to June 19.
The South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medical Center at South Central Regional Medical Center, a member of Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. Wound Care Awareness Week is an effort let not only by the public around the Pine Belt, but also by those members in the medical field.
One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed Centers; South Central Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program directors across the nation 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 U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and a late effects of radiation therapy. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminish quality-of-life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
"We see patients living with non-healing wound for prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options," said Stacy Smithers, M.D., Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center Medical Director. "We work to educate community physicians about which of their patient can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to hear that patient wounds."
South Central Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center offers the following services: Debridement, Total Contact Casting, Wound Dressing Applications, Skin Subs, Vascular Testing, Diabetic Foot Screening, Diabetic Foot Care, Nutrition Counseling, Smoking Cessation Counseling, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, Compression Wraps, Burn Management, Diagnostic Testing, Radiation Injury and Osteoradialnechrosis. If you or someone close to you is suffering from the one that will not heal, you are advised to seek medical treatment.
People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. Visit scrmc.com to learn more about wound care awareness week. To schedule an appointment, please call 601–426–4739.