Adventist GlenOaks Hospital's Wound Care Center to Help Raise Awareness of Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers
News Release: Oct. 24, 2014
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s Wound Care Center To Help Raise Awareness of Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Glendale Heights – Next week, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s Wound Care Center will kick off November’s American Diabetes Month by helping further educate local physician offices about identifying diabetic patients with or at risk of having ulcers of the lower extremities. The goal is for Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Wound Care Program Director Michael Gardner to visit more than 40 local physician offices within five days.
“Diabetics represent approximately 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations among people 20 years and older,” says Gardner. “It is vitally important that people with diabetes, their caregivers and physicians recognize the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when an ulcer does occur.”
There are approximately 29 million people living with diabetes in the United States. Of those, approximately 15 percent will develop an ulcer of the lower extremity. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and can lead to amputation.
Gardner is ready for his awareness campaign blitz next week. He says early detection and intervention can help mitigate the possibility of limb loss for many local diabetics at risk.
For more information, or if you have a wound that won’t heal, contact Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s Wound Care Center at (630) 545-8850 or www.adventistglenoaks.com.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
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