Although many physicians treat acute wounds routinely in their day-to-day practice, the variety and complexity of chronic wounds presents a particular challenge. One way Diversified Clinical Services (DCS) has advanced the clinical practice of wound care is through the use of our proprietary database that currently houses more than two million treated wounds, describing diagnoses, treatments, and outcomes for all of our more than 300 Wound Care Centers. This data serves as an evidence-based guide for our specialized wound treatments.
Each DCS Wound Care Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including debridement, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education. Most Centers also use hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a safe and effective treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. In fact, DCS-managed Wound Care Centers effectively utilize HBOT therapy to heal more than 35,000 diabetic wounds each year, providing more HBOT therapy than any other wound care provider in the world.
Non-healing wounds of the diabetic foot are considered one of the most significant complications of diabetes, representing a major worldwide medical, social, and economic burden that greatly affects patient quality of life. Nearly 26 million Americans—one in every 12—are diabetic and the disease is causing widespread disability and death at an epidemic pace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those with diabetes, 6.5 million are estimated to suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes—populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase.