National campaign October 26 –30 in cities nationwide
Fort Lauderdale – The Wound Care Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the Healogics National Diabetes Campaign from October 26 to October 30. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed Centers; Holy Cross Wound Healing and Hyperbarics Program offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify diabetic patients with or at risk of having ulcers of the lower extremity.
There are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the United States, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Of those, about 15 percent will develop an ulcer of the lower extremity. 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. Covington goes on to say, “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.”
The Holy Cross Wound Healing and Hypebarics Program recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:
• Annual foot examinations by a healthcare provider
• Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member
perform the inspection
• Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and
taking care of corns and calluses
• Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)
• Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier
and exercising on a regular basis
Contact the Holy Cross Wound Healing and Hypebarics Program to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. Learn more about services at HolyCrossHealthPlex.com. To schedule an appointment, please call 954-202-4877.
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About Holy Cross Hospital
A part of Trinity Health, Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic, teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transforming, healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to meet our diverse community's evolving healthcare needs. Thriving since 1955, Holy Cross Hospital's medical staff numbers more than 600, represents more than 40 specialties and is complemented by more than 3,000 employees — all working to make Holy Cross our community's trusted health partner for life. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and saw nearly 300,000 patients in 2014 through a connected network of partner hospitals and Wound Care Centers, academic medical centers, and other post‐acute sites. Healogics utilizes an evidence‐based systematic approach to chronic wound healing to treat an underserved and growing patient population. A fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private investment firm, is the majority shareholder of Healogics. For more information, please visit healogics.com.