New Clinic Tackles a Problem of Global Importance
The Clinic serves individuals in Western New York who suffer from chronic wounds, which can often lead to complications, including decreased mobility, loss of limb, or even death. Costs of care can be as high as $200,000 for a single wound, under traditional wound care treatments.
“Our goal is to provide high quality care to individuals who are suffering from chronic wounds at the least amount of cost to patients,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson, Ph.D.
“We want to bring down the cost of treatment while providing specialized care at an advanced level to address the growing incidences of chronic wounds — in Western New York, nationally, and globally.”
In the U.S. alone, two percent of the general population is affected annually by non-healing wounds at an estimated cost of $50 billion to the U.S. health care system. Moreover, with the rising age of the local population, Western New York will likely see the number of individuals affected by chronic wounds increase significantly.
Daemen’s model for the Clinic is strongly supported by The John R. Oishei Foundation, which has awarded more than $530,000 in support funding for the project to the College.
“Using a collaborative research model, we want to develop a standard for how chronic wound healing care can be provided in the most effective and successful manner to patients everywhere,” said Daemen Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael S. Brogan, D.P.T., Ph.D.
“In taking a lead role, we are working together with regional hospitals, HMOs, and other Western New York healthcare providers to accomplish this goal. Our team has a lot of depth, bringing disciplines such as biomechanical engineering, biochemistry, microbiology, physics, and physical therapy to this project.”
In addition to the Oishei support, Daemen has raised another $210,000 in matching funds. As a result, wound care treatments are administered free of charge to the public for the Clinic’s two year demonstration period, ending in mid- 2014. The goal is to provide an opportunity to gather medical data on each treatment, in an effort to ultimately cut time, patient suffering, and cost of care.
Since opening in mid-September 2012, the Clinic has evaluated over 140 individuals; over one quarter of the patients have been discharged with their wounds completely closed.