wound care team helping to raise awareness about PAD #DocsInSocks
Posted on September 20th, 2017 by Speare Memorial Hospital

#DocsInSocks – September is  Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month – #WhiteSockCampaign

save a leg, save a lifeSeptember is  Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. Physicians, clinicians, and staff at Speare Memorial Hospital participated in The Save a Leg, Save a Life (SALSAL) Foundation’s White Sock Campaign. The goal is to raise awareness of PAD and early detection through one simple tool: a white sock.

woundcare team members at Speare helping raise awareness for PAD by wearing one white sock
Wound Care Team Members

The white sock symbolizes the many patients with late-stage PAD who have had an amputation due to delayed treatment.

As part of the White Sock Campaign, physicians are encouraged to look for signs of PAD in their high-risk patients and to refer them earlier for vascular testing.  Patients with leg pain are also encouraged to check their feet for signs of PAD, and to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and care.

The consequences of amputation are often devastating and many amputations can be prevented through early intervention and screening as well as utilization of technology that already exists.

Kris Hering, Chief Nursing Officer and Dr. Joffe at Speare helping raise awareness for PAD by wearing one white sock
Kris Hering, Chief Nursing Officer and Dr. Joffe

Patients with PAD and wounds that don’t heal after 30 days often need the services provided by the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Speare Memorial Hospital. Nearly 96% of wounds are healed at our center and we have a 98% patient satisfaction rate. A program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.   Click here for more information or to make an appointment call 603-481-8780.

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