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Wound Care Center Raises Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetes The Center for Hyperbaric Wound Care at Sonora Regional Medical Center is participating in the Healogics National Diabetes Campaign from October 27 to October 31. The Center is a member of Healogics’ network of nearly 600 wound care clinics, offering advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers. Healogics program directors across the nation are dedicating the entire week to providing education to help physicians and their staffs identify diabetic patients with or at risk of developing ulcers of the lower extremity. 

There are approximately 29 million people living with diabetes in the United States. 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, Inc. 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.” 

 If you have a wound, you may benefit from a visit to the Center for Hyperbaric Wound Care. To schedule an appointment, please call (209) 536-5196.