Wound Care Awareness Week

June 9, 2016 (Oklahoma City, OK) – Oklahoma Heart Hospital's Wound Center is using this week to help raise awareness of chronic wounds.  The third annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 6 to June 10. It's an opportunity to spend an entire week educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions available at centers like the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Wound Center.
 
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. 
 
"We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options," said Dr. Elaine Soter, a certified wound specialist, medical director of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Wound Center in Oklahoma City. "We work to educate community physicians about which of their patients can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to heal that patient's wounds."
 
People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to Oklahoma Heart Hospital Wound Center. Visit www.woundcareawarenessweek.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life. 
 
If you have a wound that hasn't healed in 30 days or a surgical wound that has become infected, ask your doctor about seeing a wound care specialist at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Wound Center, located at 530 SW 80th St. in Oklahoma City. The center also accepts self-referrals. Call 405-628-6611 for more information or to schedule your appointment.