Mercy Joplin Participates in Wound Care Awareness Week

June 1, 2015

If you have a wound that just won’t heal, there is something more you can do. As part of the second annual Wound Care Awareness Week, June 1 through June 5, Mercy Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is helping raise awareness of new treatments for chronic wounds.

It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of disease 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.

“Many of our patients suffer with troublesome wounds before they ever come to see their doctor, often trying to treat the problem at home,” said Dr. Glen King, Mercy family medicine physician. “Because we offer extensive treatments for wound care at Mercy, we are able to detect the problem and get them the help they need to heal faster. Patients just need to understand there is help and it’s important to seek it before a wound becomes more serious.”

One option may be hyperbaric oxygen therapy. During this therapy, patients breathe pure oxygen for a short time while cradled in a special pressurized chamber. This allows greater amounts of oxygen to be dissolved in the bloodstream and carried to body tissues in amounts large enough to improve healing. It’s completely painless. To find out which treatment may be best to heal your wound, schedule an appointment with Mercy Wound Center and Hyperbaric Medicine by calling 417-556-6967. You do not need a referral. To learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week, visit woundcareawareness.com

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