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More than half of the patients who visit Harrison’s Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine & Infusion Center for treatment of acute wounds either have or develop a separate, yet related, condition known as chronic vein insufficiency (CVI). CVI occurs when a valve in a leg vein doesn’t work properly, so the vein can’t push fluid upward efficiently. As a result, fluid pools in the legs, causing pain and swelling and preventing wounds from closing.

"The gold standard of treatment and prevention for CVI is compression stockings," says Julie Wellborn, Program Director of Harrison’s Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine & Infusion Center.

Unfortunately, compression stockings are more expensive than regular socks and some patients can’t afford them. Currently there is no preventative insurance coverage for CVI, so at-risk patients must purchase the stockings themselves. When they can’t, they often end up developing CVI. Once this happens, their wounds won’t heal without some form of compression or other medical treatment that is far more costly and inconvenient than compression stockings.

Thanks to the many generous donors, the wound clinic now has a supply of stockings on hand. The provision of compression stockings for patients who can’t afford them is already making a difference. One patient had been coming to Harrison for wound treatment on and off for several years, shares Julie, because she didn’t have the money to buy compression stockings to treat and prevent CVI. When the woman was given a pair of free stockings, she broke down and cried, knowing how much they could improve—or even save—her life.

"That wouldn’t have happened without the support of donors," concludes Julie. "You don’t realize how big an impact something like that can have on a patient who really needs it. It’s amazing what one simple little thing can do for someone."

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"That wouldn’t have happened without the support of donors," concludes Julie. "You don’t realize how big an impact something like that can have on a patient who really needs it. It’s amazing what one simple little thing can do for someone."