Published on June 03, 2019

Wound Care Awareness Week

PELLA, Iowa— Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional Health Center is helping raise awareness of the chronic wounds during Wound Care Awareness Week, being held from June 3 - June 7. Wound Care Awareness Week was established to bring attention to the chronic wound epidemic and the 6.7 million Americans who are currently living with non-healing wounds. Lesa Maring, Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, at Pella Regional will dedicate the entire week to educating health clinic staff, providers, and other staff about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions available at Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional.

While there are already millions of people living with chronic wounds, 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. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished qualify of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.

“Research has shown that the earlier we see a patient with a wound and begin treatment, the wound will heal quicker,” said Maring. “When a person has an untreated wound, they can develop an infection which can compromise their overall health.”

To support this underserved and growing population of people living with chronic wounds, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional 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, edema management and/or non-invasive vascular assessment. These treatments are the result of a team approach between our Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine 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 healed in 30 days may benefit from a visit to Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional. To schedule an appointment, please call 641-628-6615.