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Wound Care Awareness

It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. Did you know that people with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing a chronic wound?

An estimated 29.1 million Americans (90,000+ in the counties served by FirstHealth Wound Care & Hyperbarics) are living with diabetes. Statistically, one in 20 diabetics will develop a wound on the legs or feet each year. The risk of amputations can be reduced by 45 to 85 percent through foot care programs that can include risk assessment, education, treatment of foot problems and referrals to specialists.

State-off-the-art equipment and leading-edge therapies also play a role in reducing the risk of amputation. FirstHealth Wound Care & Hyperbarics offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings, and growth factor therapies. 

A diabetic ulcer is a wound that occurs on the feet, heel or toes of people with diabetes. Many times, there is little to no feeling in the feet or to the ulcer itself. You may have an ulcer that has not started to heal in two weeks. It may not completely heal in six weeks. Your ulcer might need special care. Patients may be referred by a physician or health care professional or by self-referral.

Make your appointment today by contacting FirstHealth Wound Care & Hyperbarics at (910) 715-5901 in Pinehurst, (910) 878-6750 in Raeford or (910) 417-3636 in Rockingham.

To learn more about the different types of wounds treated and services offered at FirstHealth Wound Care and Hyperbarics, visit www.firsthealth.org/wound.

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