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ECMC Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Supports Eighth Annual Wound Care Awareness Week Educational Campaign

BUFFALO, NEW YORK — The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of the risks of chronic wounds during the eighth annual Wound Care Awareness Week, June 7 to June 11.  Healogics established Wound Care Awareness in 2014 to bring attention to the growing need for wound care and the nearly 7 million Americans currently living with non-healing 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 available.  The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.

The incidence of chronic wounds is rising due to our aging population and increasing rates of diseases. A person with a wound has an average of three to four chronic conditions like diabetes, PAD, cardiovascular disease and COPD.  If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. Even more alarmingly, 50 percent of people die within five years of amputation.

Jeffrey Jordan, MD, PhD, Surgeon and Director of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC, said, “As the region’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, the trauma and wound care services offered in our Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine literally save ‘life and limb.’  When treated in our Center, diabetic and trauma wounds heal faster and more effectively, treatment costs are reduced, complications are limited or avoided, and patients live healthier lives.”

To support this underserved and growing population of people living with chronic wounds, the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC, in partnership with Healogics, offers an evidence-based, systematic approach to advanced wound care.  A patient’s individualized treatment plan may include: specialized wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, advanced cellular products and topical growth factors, edema management and/or non-invasive vascular assessment.  These treatments are the result of a team approach between the Center’s physicians, nurses and the referring physician.  A treatment plan is developed and scheduled based on the patient’s needs.  Once treatment is complete, the patient will return to their primary physician to continue routine care.

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional treatment methods may benefit from a visit to the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC.  Visit www.woundcareawareness.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and hear from patients about how wound healing changed their lives.  For additional information about the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC, visit: http://www.ecmc.edu/health-services-and-doctors/outpatient-specialty-clinics/wound-care-and-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-clinic/.  To schedule an appointment, please call 716-898-4800.

ABOUT HEALOGICS: Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s wound healing expert.  Last year over 300,000 patients received advanced wound care through a network of over 600 Wound Care Centers.  Healogics also partners with over 300 skilled nursing facilities to care for patients with chronic wounds and provides inpatient consults at more than 60 partner hospitals.  As the industry leader, Healogics has the largest repository of chronic wound-specific patient data in the country.  The Healogics Wound Science Initiative offers peer-reviewed research and advanced analytics in the pursuit of not only better outcomes but a better way to provide care.

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION:  The ECMC Corporation was established as a  New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has  included an advanced academic medical center with 573 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility.  ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences—the difference between healthcare and true care™.



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