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10/27/2014 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
Updated: 10/27/2014 1:58:35 PM PACIFIC
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Learn the warning signs of chronic wounds: Gritman Medical Center experts available for public presentations

Moscow, ID – The Wound Care Center at Gritman Medical Center is participating in the Healogics National Diabetes Campaign from October 27 to October 31 and Gritman experts are available to speak this week and thereafter.

Program directors across the nation, including Sharon Cofre from Gritman, will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices, community centers, senior centers and other venues to provide education to help staff identify patients with diabetes and a foot wound, or who are at risk of having ulcers of the lower extremity. One of nearly 600 Healogics managed centers; Gritman Wound Healing Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like foot ulcers. 

Chronic wounds affect more than 8 million people  in the U.S. and an estimated 1,400 people in Latah and Whitman counties. The incidence is rising due to an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. In fact, it’s estimated 15 percent of the 29 million Americans with diabetes will develop a chronic wound due to impaired circulation. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation.

“As people get older and deal with diabetes, they need to know that even stubbing your toe could lead to a chronic wound,” said Cofre, director of the Gritman Wound Healing Center. “It’s important people, their caregivers and physicians know the warning signs of foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when ulcers do occur.”

If you would like a visit from Cofre to discuss diabetes or referring to the wound center, or if you think you  have a persistent wound and would like to schedule an appointment, please call (208) 882-4325. More information is available here.

Gritman has been moving forward on diabetes-related issues recently. In October, Gritman Nutrition Services received a $15,000 grant to raise awareness about pre-diabetes and to increase diabetes education in the community and to area physicians.

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