Mercy Philadelphia Hospital to Host Wound Care and Prevention Informational
Philadelphia, PA (May 13, 2013): Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbarics Center will be hosting Wound Care and Prevention on Monday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., taking place at the hospital’s Cedar Avenue entrance lobby. This free educational event is open to all members of the community.
“It’s really important to educate members of the community about the importance of wound care and how it can affect the quality of life for those suffering from non-healing wounds,” said Podiatrist Joseph D. Rondeau, DPM, program director for the Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbarics Center at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. “Non-healing wounds and open sores are not only uncomfortable, but they can put individuals at greater risk for infection and/or amputation.”
The Wound Care Day activities include ankle-brachial index screenings, a quick and noninvasive way to check your risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD) that could lead to wounds, performed by trained physical therapists. Educational materials on vascular health and proper nutrition education, as well as a basket raffle will also take place during the event.
Dr. Rondeau also adds the importance of getting prompt medical attention for any wound, starting with your primary care physician. Referrals can also be made to specialized wound programs, such as the Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbarics Center at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. The multidisciplinary team at the Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbarics Center offers comprehensive therapies proven to reduce healing time, improve healing rates and prevent possible limb loss.
“In some cases, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be necessary to help speed up the healing process,” said Dr. Rondeau. “At Mercy Philadelphia, we offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, a highly effective modality that uses oxygen under increased pressure to speed healing and repair tissue damage, thus helping the body’s natural ability to heal wounds and prevent possible limb loss.”
To learn more about wound care and/or hyperbaric therapy, visit www.mercyhealth.org or call 1.877.GO.MERCY.