Chronic skin woulds affect an estimated 6.5 million people in the United States, with treatment costs accounting for up to 25 billion per year. Although the elderly, those with co-morbidities, and the immunocompromised are most at risk, wound care is often needed for a range of patients who suffer from such ailments. If not addressed, chronic wounds can lead to severe local infection, sepsis, tissue or limb amputation, or death. The infection can also spread to deeper tissue, bones, joints, and blood.
Types of Skin Ulcer Wounds
- Diabetic Ulcer: An ulcer that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes. Of those who develop this, 6 percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complication.
- Venous Statis Ulcer: This occurs when leg veins don’t return blood back toward the heart, causing what is known as venous insufficiency.
- Decubitis Ulcer: Also known as a pressure ulcer, these are injuries that develop most commonly on bony areas of the body. They generally develop in the tailbone area where most people rest their weight while sitting.
Treatment of such wounds as soon as possible is paramount is preventing larger, chronic problems, or even amputation of limbs. Healing occurs in four phases; hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. Such services can be performed by either yourself or a hired nurse, allowing these treatments to be provided by your practice. Overall, treatments for the aforementioned ulcer wounds can greatly help more patients while also providing high profit to the practice as it is covered by most insurance.
Dr. Singer founded David Singer Enterprises that has been consulting clinics for over 30 years. By following his program, healthcare professionals have been able to help more patients while having their staff do more of the work and therefore enjoy more free time for themselves. One of his major goals is to see that regenerative medicine has the greatest impact possible in society.
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