Studies show that seven out of ten people will experience some form of disability during their lifetime. When factoring the aging baby boomers into those statistics, the numbers could dramatically increase.
Each year millions of Americans suffer from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation or traumatic injury. These open wounds put patients at risk for serious infection and, if not treated, could lead to amputation or death.
Most of the time, chronic wounds are the result of diabetes, poor circulation or traumatic injury. However, there are other reasons for chronic wounds, such as an insect bite that becomes infected and won't heal.
The Wound Center of DuBois Regional Medical Center, established in 2001, is an outpatient treatment center that provides comprehensive therapy for non-healing wounds. The Wound Center, located at DRMC East, has a highly trained staff with one goalóthe best outcome for the patient. The teamís motto is ìNo wound has to be chronic.
In addition to medical director Dr. Tuesdae Stainbrook, Dr. Jonathan Pope and Dr. Bradley Magill, podiatrist, provide wound care at the center.
The team collaborates with the patientís primary care physician. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, the Wound Center staff cares for patients who have venous statis ulcers, arterial ulcers, bed sores, acute wounds such as burns and non-healing surgical wounds.
Wound Center patients see a physician accredited in wound care during every visit. The initial visit includes a comprehensive medical history, physical assessment, wound and past treatment history, wound assessment, and patient and family education. Laboratory and other diagnostic tests may also be ordered.
Education is vital. People who suffer chronic wounds may be at risk for wounds in the future. Education begins during a patientís first visit and continues throughout treatment.
If you or someone you know could benefit from treatment from the Wound Center of DRMC, please call at (814) 371- 4320 or (814) 375-INFO.