Speare Hospital celebrates wound care week

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital's Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, a member of the Healogics network, is currently participating in the first Healogics National Wound Care Awareness Week from June 2 to June 6.

One of nearly 600 Healogics managed centers; The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify patients that may benefit from advanced wound care.

Chronic wounds affect millions of 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. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.

"In the three months since opening, the Wound Care Center has already had a positive impact on the Plymouth regional community," says Katie Wood Hedberg, APRN, program director and clinical coordinator for Speare's Wound Care Center. "We've seen a number of patients with excellent results, including those who have needed the hyperbaric chambers. Not having to travel is one of the biggest benefits our patients are noting about having the Wound Care Center her at Speare."

"There are many patients living with non-healing wounds who are unaware of treatments available in their local communities," said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Director for Healogics, Inc. Covington goes on to say, "Adjunctive therapies for appropriate patients can help heal wounds faster than traditional methods. We want to make advanced wound care available to all patients who would benefit but we must educate the communities we serve about the services we offer."

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment in four weeks may benefit from a visit to The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital. To schedule an appointment, please call 603-481-8780.