Wound Care Awareness Week: What Is The Chronic Wound Epidemic? Special To MD Monthly June 6, 2016 Men's, Senior, Women's The Problem Millions of people throughout the U.S. are suffering every day from an epidemic that’s only expected to grow over the next decade. This problem drastically affects people by diminishing their overall quality of life and potentially decreasing life expectancy if left untreated. Not only is this condition painful, dangerous and scary, but it is also estimated to cost the healthcare industry over $50 billion a year. We are talking about non-healing wounds. Every year, chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is expected to rise at a rate of two percent annually over the next decade. An aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and vascular disease contribute to the chronic wound epidemic. If untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb. The Solution Fortunately, there is hope for people who suffer from chronic wounds. Every team member within the Healogics network of nearly 800 Wound Care Centers dedicates themselves every day to healing hard-to-heal wounds. The Healogics mission is to heal as many patients as possible, everywhere we can, for every patient who would benefit, by the best means available. Wound Care Awareness Week, June 6–10, is an opportunity for us to educate patients, caregivers and physicians about chronic wounds and advanced wound care treatment options. Join us in our mission to raise awareness of the chronic wound epidemic and the benefits of advanced wound care. For more information visit www.healogics.com.