Renowned experts in the field of wound healing and venous disease convened in Dallas today for a summit on reducing barriers to care and time to healing of venous ulcers. Venous Ulcers affect about two million people per year in the United States alone, with many wounds remaining open for months or even years. “The fact is that most venous leg ulcers, though an interdisciplinary approach can be treated successfully”, noted Working Group Member David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) “The key is rapid diagnosis and care.” Additionally, medical, surgical and biological alternatives can prove quite helpful. “Newer biologics, coupled with surgical intervention as needed can often speed healing or reduce the risk for recurrence”, noted William Marston, Professor and Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of North Carolina. “What we need is to connect the dots between patients in need and the care they deserve.”
National working group members participate in methodology design meeting.
William M. Marston
David G. Armstrong