Some years ago, we compared diabetes-related amputations to cancer in terms of 5 year mortality. Now, a no less compelling comparison has emerged. The scourge of unexploded ordinance– particularly landimines– has been evident since at least the end of WWII. Literally hundreds of non-governmental organizations and celebrities have rallied around this entirely preventable problem in a laudable and noble effort to stem the tide.
Compare this to diabetes-related amputations.
Every 30 minutes, there is a landmine-related casualty.
Every 30 seconds, there is a diabetes-related amputation.
Let’s make a difference.
Some time ago, we began putting together a manuscript on this subject, which is now in press in the International Wound Journal.
Bharara, Mills, Rilo, Armstrong, “Diabetes and Landmine-Related Amputations: A Call to Arms to Save Limbs”, Int W. Journal, 2009