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Published on May 13, 2013

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital to Host Wound Care and Prevention Information in Conjunction with National Older American’s Month

Darby, PA (May 13, 2013): May is National Older American’s Month, and the healthcare team at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s Advanced Wound Care Center is raising awareness on wound prevention and treatment by hosting Wound Care and Prevention on Monday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center, 1503 Lansdowne Avenue, Darby, PA.

Specialists from the Wound Care Center will present information on wound care, podiatry and diabetes.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, non-healing wounds affect about 3 to 6 million people in the United States, with persons 65 years and older accounting for 85% of these events.

“In older persons, the rate of wound healing is decreased, so it takes longer for an open sore or wound to heal properly,” stated Podiatrist William Urbas, DPM who also serves as medical director of the Advanced Wound Care Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. “Slow healing wounds can severely disrupt an individual’s quality of life, putting them at a greater risk for serious infections and even amputation.”

The multidisciplinary team of specialists at the Advanced Wound Care Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital combines advanced healing techniques with compassionate care, providing individualized treatments for each patient. Specialized treatments include: surgical interventions/debridement, dressings/compression wraps, bio-engineered skin substitutes, vacuum assisted closure, referral for vascular studies and off-loading, nutritional and diabetic support.

A physician referral is needed for Advanced Wound Care Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. For more information on wound care and the Advanced Wound Care Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, please call 610.237.7970 or visit www.mercyhealth.org/fitzgerald.

Ann D’Antonio

Vice President, Marketing and Communications
610.567.5334
adantonio@mercyhealth.org
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

610.731.1481
Before or after normal business hours

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
1500 Lansdowne Avenue
Darby, PA 19023
610.237.4000

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