• Wound Care Awareness Week, June 5-9

    Wound Center wants you to know about advanced treatment solutions for chronic wounds

    Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care is raising awareness of the prevention and treatment of hard-to-heal wounds during Wound Care Awareness Week, June 5 – 9.
    The Wound Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Clinical Director Melissa Ruddy, RN is dedicating the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions.
    It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb.
    “We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,” Ruddy said. “We work to educate community physicians about which of their patients can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to heal that patient’s wounds.”
    Many people suffer from chronic and non-healing wounds, but do not realize there are effective, high quality and cost-effective treatments available, Ruddy explained. Having Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care allows patients in Rome and the surrounding communities the ability to receive advanced wound care just minutes from their homes.
    Patients with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to the Regional Center for Wound Care. The center provides many types of advanced wound care services for problem wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) in the center’s two chambers for those wounds classified as a Wagners grade 3 or higher diabetic foot ulcer. The center also provides treatment for arterial and venous wounds, pressure ulcers and non-healing surgical wounds.
    “Wound Care Awareness Week gives me the opportunity to help patients, healthcare providers, and the community in general understand the benefits of excellent wound care,” Ruddy said. “With my medical background as a registered nurse, I can also address the many disease processes that cause or inhibit a wound from healing such as diabetes and circulatory problems.”
    To speak with Melissa, or for more information about Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care and treatment options available, call 315-338-7540.
    The center is located at 267 Hill Road at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.