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Baptist Health Wound Care marks anniversary

Staff report

With state-of-the-art equipment and specialized wound care, Baptist Health Wound Care opened one year ago this month.

Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the U.S., and the number is expected to increase by 2 percent annually over the next decade. The rising incidence of chronic wounds also can be correlated to obesity, vascular disease, an aging population and radiation treatment side-effects, which are often underlying causes.

"Our center follows treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound," said George Valentini, MD, FACS, medical director of Baptist Health Wound Care. "Our practices are designed to reintroduce the body's innate ability to heal."

Baptist Health Wound Care has provided specialized care for nearly 400 patients since opening in March 2016. The available treatments include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

For more information on the treatment of chronic wounds, contact Baptist Health Wound Care at 270-575-2414.

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