Program directors across the nation will dedicate the week to providing education to local physician offices to help staff identify diabetic patients with or at risk of having ulcers of the lower extremity. Patients with diabetes often suffer from nerve damage in their feet which predisposes them to ulcer formation and infection. These wounds can take a long time to heal and require a specialized treatment approach.
William T. Conklin, Medical Director, Jefferson Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Centers, said that non-healing ulcers of the feet are one of the most significant complications of diabetes that greatly affect a person’s quality of life.
“Our wound care team provides a variety of therapies, including debridement, specialized dressings, pressure relief with total contact casting, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). By providing 100 percent oxygen to non-healing ulcers, HBOT has proven to be an extremely effective treatment, often the most important step in the healing process for diabetic patients.”“ said Dr. Conklin.
There are approximately 29 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., and of those, some 15 percent will develop an ulcer of the lower extremity, according to Healogics, Inc. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss.
“Diabetics represent approximately 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations among people 20 years and older,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer for Healogics, Inc. “It is vitally important that people with diabetes, their caregivers and physicians recognize the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when an ulcer does occur.”
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