Over 6.7 million people in the United States are living with chronic wounds. Due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care, the vast majority of these people do not receive the treatment they need and deserve. With this being said, we are excited to announce the fourth annual Wound Care Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to raising awareness of advanced wound care and its benefits to every patient living with chronic non-healing wounds. Through this effort, we will raise awareness of the chronic wound problem and help community physicians identify patients who may benefit from advanced wound care.
The EmergeOrtho Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center is an outpatient clinic based at North Carolina Specialty Hospital. This center has been open since 2013 and provides directed and specialized care for problem wounds that do not respond to a typical treatment plan. These type of injuries might include: Diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, pressure ulcers, non healing flaps and grafts, wounds resulting from past radiation therapy or injury, and persistent wounds associated with bony infection.
The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center has many comprehensive treatment plans which are unique for each patient to coordinate maximum healing in the smallest amount of time to help the patient return to their normal activities. Some therapies that may help a patient include: improving medical comorbidities and nutritional status, advanced dressing care, aggressive debridement programs, negative pressure wound therapy, arterial revascularization procedures, reversal of venous insufficiency, application of dermal skin substitutes and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Dr. Burns is a graduate of Davidson College and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has worked in general surgery for 12 years. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two children.
Dr. Weeks completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University and obtained her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Weeks is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and is a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology American College of Phlebology Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, American College of Radiology, and North Carolina Medical Society. She lives in Hillsborough with her husband and four daughters.