(Torrington, CT) – CHH Wound Care physician Dennis D’Onofrio became a Certified Wound Specialist Physician after recently receiving advanced training course and passing the certifying exam given by the American Board of Wound Management. Dr. D’Onofrio is joined by Medical Director Dr. William Polito and Dr. Darren Winkler along with case managers and hyperbaric specialists who all make up the Center’s multidisciplinary care team who specialize in reducing the risk of amputation associated with diabetes.
‘We want to draw attention to the fact that every hour seven people across the country lose a foot or leg to diabetes. The disease is the leading cause of lower-limb amputations not caused by accidents.” said Michael Wildman, Program Director.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.
Diabetes can cause patients to lose sensation in their extremities, so an individual may not immediately notice injuries to their feet. This can cause diabetic ulcers—wounds on the feet that are slow to heal and prone to infection—which often require amputation.
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one in three people with diabetes ages 40 and older have at least one area on their feet that lacks feeling. Those at greater risk for nerve damage include diabetics who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar, high cholesterol, weight or blood pressure.
Statistically, 1 in 20 diabetics will develop a wound on the legs or feet each year. The risk of amputations can be reduced by 45 to 85 percent through foot care programs. “For those who have diabetes or are at risk for the disease, regular checkups by a podiatrist at least annually is one of the easiest ways to prevent most foot complications,” said Dr. Dennis D’ Onofrio.
State-of-the-art equipment and leading-edge therapies are also playing a role in reducing the risk of amputation. CHH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
For more information on the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers and wounds in general, contact the CHH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at (860) 489-0418.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.