Tuesday, February 21, 2012

National Healing: Leading Advanced Wound Care Provider Puts Limb Salvage in Perspective

We are happy to see someone in the advanced wound care community take some credit, where credit is due, for the remarkable decline in lower-limb amputations among Americans with diabetes. In a news release subtitled "National Healing Corporation Wound Care Centers Offer Alternative to Amputation" we learn the company's more than 500 centers treated more than one million wounds in 2011, with a healing rate of 89% and overall amputation rate of just 1%. CLICK HERE to read the January 24 report from the CDC. See also our February 1 post, "Diabetes Amputation Rates Declined Sharply in US Between 1998 and 2008." Access to accredited hyperbaric facilities with certified hyperbaric physicians and technicians is still very much a public health problem. “It is imperative that we educate patients and families about the advanced treatments available to prevent amputation,” said National Healing EVP medical affairs Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS. We wholeheartedly agree.

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