Healing Can’t Wait: Why Timely Access to Wound Care is Critical

healing-cant-wait-2Nearly 7 million Americans are living with a chronic wound — and, unfortunately, many have delayed treatment of their wounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The result has been a surge in amputations across the country.
The number of amputations has increased by 49 percent during the pandemic, according to a study by Stanford University.

Healing Can’t Wait

Timely access to specialized wound care is critical, as untreated wounds are at risk for complications such as infection, hospitalization or amputation.

Those who suffer from diabetes, heart disease or peripheral artery disease (PAD) are at an even greater risk for health complications that stem from an untreated wound.

  • One in four people living with diabetes will experience a diabetic foot ulcer.
  • A quarter of people with advanced PAD may require an amputation within one year due to a nonhealing wound.
  • For those living with heart disease, 82 percent of leg amputations are due to poor circulation of the affected limb.

Seek Continuous Care

If you’re living with a chronic wound, there are several steps you can take to ensure it is properly cared for.

For instance, regular foot exams can help identify an undetected wound. Check your feet regularly for any signs of wound development.

If you or a loved one has a non-healing wound, it’s imperative to see an advanced wound care provider so you can get on the road to healing. Our Wound Care Centers® offer world-class wound care with the scientific and clinical expertise to deliver best-in-class patient outcomes.

Because when it comes to addressing a chronic, non-healing wound, healing can’t wait.