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WHEREAS, it is estimated that 6.7 million people currently live with chronic wounds and that number is expected to grow to more than two percent annually over the next decade; and
WHERAS, the rising incidence of chronic wounds is fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy; and
WHEREAS, untreated chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb, and
WHEREAS, the chronic wound epidemic represents a cost of more than $50 billion to the American healthcare system; and
WHEREAS, advanced wound care physicians and health care providers play a critical role in the health and wellness of chronic wound patients; and
WHEREAS, awareness and education about chronic wounds will benefit current and future chronic wound patients; and
WHEREAS, the goal of Wound Care Awareness Week is to inform patients in the Commonwealth about the importance of advanced wound care and its ability to save lives and limbs;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 6-11, 2021, as WOUND CARE AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.