Milwaukee—May 7, 2008 — Columbia St. Mary’s Wound Care Center at Lakeside Commons in Mequon is celebrating its one-year anniversary from 1 pm to 3 pm. on Wednesday, May 21. Wound Care Center physicians and staff will offer free foot care screenings, and the first 50 people to take advantage of this free offer will also receive a free pair of diabetic comfort socks courtesy of Columbia St. Mary’s and Stan’s Fit For Your Feet.
The Wound Care Center opened in Spring 2007 and has seen nearly 1,000 patients, including many for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while in a clear, pressurized chamber. The Columbia St. Mary’s Wound Care Center at Lakeside Commons is the only facility in Ozaukee County to offer this treatment.
According to national statistics, an estimated five million Americans suffer from non-healing wounds each year, which can greatly affect their quality of life. About 20 percent of these patients qualify for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Patients with wounds typically fall into three categories: diabetics and those with arterial disease; people with problems in the veins of the lower leg (venous stasis); and those with unrelieved pressure points, such as wheelchair bound patients, according to Jeffrey Cameron, MD, medical director of Columbia St. Mary’s Wound Healing Center.
Diabetics often have vascular problems, which can limit the flow of oxygen to extremities. Venous stasis means that blood pools in the legs, which happens to people who spend a lot of time on their feet or in positions that reduce blood flow. Pressure points are common on the feet, elbows and buttocks, according to Dr. Cameron.
In any of these situations, as well as countless others, open wounds and ulcers may form and become limb-threatening health risks. The Wound Healing Center offers a full spectrum of wound-healing services, such as the state of the art hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber that creates increased circulation to speed the healing process.
In addition, a Certified Pedorthist from Stan’s Fit For Your Feet, as well as podiatrists from Columbia St. Mary’s, will be on hand to answer any questions regarding specialized footwear and care for those with problem feet.
The Lakeside Commons location is one of two Columbia St. Mary’s Wound Treatment Centers. The other Wound Care Center is located at Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Medical Arts building in Milwaukee.