Jacobs proclaims June 5-9 Wound Care Awareness Week in the city

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Leanne West

Pictured L-R: Lorie Strane, Janice Knighten, Jill Keeton, Allie Barnett, Dr. Brad Moody, Mayor Jacobs, Dr. Mac Cottingham, Megan Isbell, Kayla Goodwin, Dana Daniel, Matt Davis

CULLMAN –  The City of Cullman has joined the specialized medical staff at the Cullman Regional Center for Wound Healing, a member of the Healogics network, to help increase awareness of advanced wound care and its ability to save lives and limbs. Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs has proclaimed the week of June 5-9, 2017, as “Wound Care Awareness Week” to encourage Cullman residents to learn more about the important services provided by wound care centers in our community and throughout the nation.

Most minor wounds heal easily by washing with water and applying a bandage. However, an estimated 6.7 million Americans suffer from chronic non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that do not significantly improve using conventional treatments. With the increase of diabetes, peripheral artery disease, obesity, radiation treatments for cancer, and other health conditions, the number of chronic or non-healing wounds continues to increase.  Untreated chronic or non-healing wounds can result in serious illness that may result in the loss of a limb or even death. Also, chronic and non-healing wound care costs our healthcare system approximately $50 billion annually.

Patients at the Cullman Regional Center for Wound Healing, and other wound care centers throughout the country, receive the highest quality chronic wound treatment available. These centers also help educate patients about preventative care.

“We are thankful to the medical professionals who specialize in the treatment of these types of chronic wounds,” said Jacobs. “This is an important medical service available to our citizens.”

The symptoms of a chronic or non-healing wound include:

  • Increasing redness around the wound
  • Warm or red skin
  • A red streak spreading from the wound
  • An increase in wound drainage
  • Pus or cloudy fluid draining from the wound
  • A foul odor or abnormal smell
  • An increase in pain
  • Fever or chills
  • Failure of a wound to close or make ample healing progress within 30 days

For more information on chronic or non-healing wounds, contact your physician or contact the Cullman Regional Center for Wound Healing at 256-737-2980. More information can also be found by visiting the Cullman Regional Center for Wound Healing’s website at www.cullmanregional.com/services/wound-care or the Healogics website at www.healogics.com.

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