By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Skin is the largest organ of the body, it makes up about 15 percent of a person’s body weight and must receive regular care to remain healthy. When it is damaged or injured the affect can lead to debilitating pain and ultimately amputation. This year during Wound Awareness Week, St. Mary Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is offering the community multiple opportunities to learn about health and wellness and the importance of skin integrity, wound prevention and advances in wound care.
On Monday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the community is invited to an open house at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, 16077 Kamana Road to learn more about taking care of their skin and what to do when faced with a hard to heal wound.
Wound care exhibits and screenings will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 through 26 at the Hesperia Library, 9650 7th Ave. The exhibits will feature the work of students from Azusa Pacific University, San Joaquin Valley College and Victor Valley College demonstrating how to care for skin and wounds.
Chronic wounds are a silent epidemic that can adversely affect quality of life. Non-healing wounds related to diseases such as diabetes and vascular issues are increasing nationwide. According to the CDC Diabetes Fact Sheet 2011, diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States and is found to be the leading cause of non-traumatic lower leg amputations.
Wound Awareness Week is dedicated to enhance healthy communities in the High Desert. Its goal is to create understanding of the different advancements in wound management, care of skin integrity and chronic wounds. St. Mary Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is partnering with Dermagraft to bring awareness to the High Desert communities. These events are also sponsored by Organogenesis, Healthpoint, and St. Bernardine Care Providers.
Join St. Joseph Health, St. Mary as we recognize Wound Awareness Week, Sept. 23 through 27 and work to improve the lives and health of all who call the High Desert home.