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A troubling national statistic arose during the COVID-19 international pandemic—the number of lower extremity amputations due to complications from diabetic ulcers increased across the country about 40% in a year.

"Sadly, the studies confirm what we've seen locally—people have put off seeking treatment due to COVID-19 worries," said ACMC Wound Healing Center Program Director Connie Shinault, RN. "The results can be disastrous, and the stories are heartbreaking."

The ACMC Wound Healing Center focuses on treating chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation or infection, such as diabetic neuropathic wounds, venous stasis or arterial wounds, arterial ulcers, pressure ulcers, other nonhealing wounds, and trauma wounds and crash injuries. The center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy—a pain-free treatment that has been proven to heal wounds that have been resistant to standard therapy.

Clinical excellence

For the second year in a row, the ACMC Wound Healing Center has earned a Clinical Excellence award, placing it in the top 10% of eligible wound healing centers in the country. The award, given by Healogics, is based on clinical excellence measures, including patients' comprehensive healing rate of wounds.

"For many people, the daily treatment or weekly checkup at the Wound Healing Center is vitally important to their continued healing. Skipping those led to delayed healing and other health issues," Shinault said. "Besides not coming in for wound care, patients also put off seeing their primary care provider. If, for example, they began having symptoms like foot ulcers, they didn't know the serious health risks they faced because they hadn't seen their primary care provider."

Foot ulcers can be a primary sign of diabetes, neuropathy or poor circulation. Because oxygenated blood is not flowing as freely to the wound, there is a greater likelihood it will become infected. An infection can lead to abscesses, or the infection can spread to other parts of the body, including the bone.

Treatment of foot ulcers can include lifestyle changes, surgery, antibiotics or a series of treatments with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Over the course of several weeks or months, the patient will receive pressurized oxygen that eases the body's ability to get oxygen to the areas affected by poor circulation.

"Without the proper diagnosis and treatment, nonhealing wounds may become a life-threatening condition," Shinault warned.

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No referral is necessary. For more information about the ACMC Wound Healing Center, call 440.994.7540.

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