Central Carolina Hospital Wound Care Center® Raising Awareness of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

November 1, 2016

The Wound Care Center at Central Carolina Hospital, a partner of Healogics Inc., the nation’s largest wound care management company, offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers. To raise Diabetes Awareness, the CCH Wound Care Center is sponsoring a luncheon for individuals with diabetes—or at risk for developing diabetes—on November 9th. Drs. Michael Gordon, Ajay Ajmani, and Elene Papakostas, wound care center physicians, will answer questions and provide education surrounding wounds, diabetes management, and proper foot care. Foot screenings, nutritional information and testing, including blood pressure, body mass index, and body fat percentage will be provided to those in attendance.

There are approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the United States, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Of those, about 25 percent will develop a diabetic foot ulcer. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss.

Proper wound care is imperative to healing diabetic foot ulcers. Central Carolina Hospital Wound Care Center offers a number of leading-edge treatments including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Total Contact Casting (TCC), and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more.

The Central Carolina Hospital Wound Care Center® recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers:

  • Annual foot examinations by a healthcare provider
  • Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection
  • Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses
  • Choose supportive, proper footwear (shoes and socks)
  • Take steps to improve circulation such as eating healthier and exercising on a regular basis

To RSVP for the Central Carolina Hospital Wound Care Center Diabetic Awareness Luncheon on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 please call 1-888-677-6248.

Contact the Central Carolina Hospital Wound Care Center to learn more about diabetic foot ulcers or if you have a wound that will not heal. To schedule an appointment, please call (919) 774-2220 or visit www.centralcarolinahosp.com

(1) http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics/2014statisticsreport.html stats substantiation.

About Central Carolina Hospital

Central Carolina Hospital, a Duke Lifepoint Hospital, is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities. With over 120 physicians, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, pediatrics, hospitalist services, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Central Carolina Hospital was reaccredited by the Joint Commission for a 3 year period in May 2015.

Committed to providing quality care to the community, the hospital has earned numerous disease-specific quality designations:

American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines SM Gold Plus Performance Achievement
Award for Heart Failure, January 2016
American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines SM Gold Plus Performance Achievement
Award for Stroke, January 2016
American College of Radiology Gold Seal Accredited for Mammography June 2016
Healogics Center of Distinction for Wound Care, February 2016
Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Heart Failure, June 2015
Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Certification, March 2015
Joint Commission Certification for Chest Pain, December 2015
Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care, January 2016