MALVERN, Pa., Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) is calling for supporters of patient advocacy. To be eligible to belong to this ever-growing list of compassionate individuals, a patient, previous wound sufferer, one's personal lay-caregiver(s), family members, neighbors or friends need only support AAWC's goal to create a unified "voice" for wound patients. Much like a petition to capture supportive names for a cause, anyone who wishes to give back to his/her community by offering his/her name in support of those suffering from wounds is encouraged to join. There is no catch, no fee, and no further action required on the part of an individual after providing his/her name and address.
"Wounds, whether caused by injury or illness, are a world-wide epidemic affecting many millions of people. Wounds are often neglected because they are not considered a significant problem requiring attention. Many other health issues, such as diabetes, childhood illness, and other infectious diseases take the forefront in the quest for public attention, priority of the medical community, and funding," states Tina Thomas, AAWC Executive Director. "The cost of treating patients with wounds worldwide is in the billions of dollars. It is important that the necessity for treating wounds be recognized and that well-trained, interested healthcare professionals be available to provide that care. It is within AAWC's mission to educate the public about this most significant healthcare problem."
This public group has been given the name, "WIN," which stands for "Wounds in Need." WIN is a group specifically for the lay-public, wound patients and their personal caregivers. The group offers support, networking, education and information about wound care, as well as an annual report of association activities that have been undertaken to achieve AAWC's goals – all free of charge.
Any interested individual, wound care patient, personal caregiver or patient advocate who wishes to show support should email Patient_Advocacy@aawconline.org or call Karen Strauss toll-free 800.237.7285, extension 113.
ABOUT AAWC - AAWC is the largest, not-for-profit, multi-specialty organization in the United States dedicated to the research and clinical application of evidence-based wound care. AAWC provides healthcare professionals with financial and other benefits to advance their practices. Healthcare providers and other wound care professionals, including corporate representatives, can find out more at www.aawconline.org.
SOURCE Association for the Advancement of Wound Care