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Murakola Bardha (Kosovo), Dr. Margareet van Putten (Chair, FIP Amsterdam), David G. Armstrong, Vjolka Kola (Kosovo) and Prof. Sir Karel Bakker (International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot/ International Diabetes Federation)
The team approach was front and center in the two keynotes delivered on the final day of the FIP Symposium in Amsterdam. Professor Sir Karel Bakker, of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and Professor David G. Armstrong, of the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (FIP) teamed up to give a rousing review of the value of teamwork in amputation prevention. “I am so pleased to be here with David to talk about a real clinical marriage that works” noted Dr. Bakker. “Putting people together in teams is the name of the game. The data are now very good that we can limit problems, worldwide”. Professor Armstrong was equally positive about the present and future of care. “I can say unequivocally that this is the most exciting time in my brief career. We are seeing the fruits of labor being harvested from seeds planted a generation ago. Works by organizations like the IDF, the FIP, the American Diabetes Association, the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Podiatric Medical Association are now showing that prevention can pay and that organizing arranged clinical marriages can lead to happy, healthy therapeutic unions.” The two keynote addresses capped off nearly a week of meetings with foot specialists from around the globe.