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  •  Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care aims to increase awareness of diabetic foot care

    November is National Diabetes Awareness month. Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care is marking the month long awareness campaign by emphasizing the importance of preventative diabetic foot care.
    According to diabetes.org, there are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the United States, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Of those 29.1 million, about 25 percent will eventually develop a foot ulcer. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. The Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2010, 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occurred in adults 20 years and older with diagnosed diabetes.
    Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss. The Regional Center for Wound Care recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:
    • Stop smoking immediately
    • Have comprehensive foot examinations each time you visit your healthcare provider
    (at least four times a year)
    • Perform daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection
    • Perform regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses
    • Choose supportive, proper footwear, both shoes and socks
    • Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis
    Proper wound care techniques are imperative to healing diabetic foot ulcers. Debridement, Offloading or Total Contact Casts (TCC), Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) are a few of the leading edge treatments offered at the Regional Center for Wound Care. Debridement, the removal of damaged tissue, is widely recognized as one of the most important methods of advanced wound care. Relieving pressure from the wound, also known as off-loading, Total Contact Casting is the standard for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Finally, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is where a patient receives 100 percent oxygen and an increased atmospheric pressure inside an acrylic chamber. These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth and wound tissue regeneration.
    If you have a wound that will not heal or you would like more information about diabetic foot ulcers, contact the Regional Center for Wound Care at 338-7540. The center is located at 267 Hill Road at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.